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Owing to a destructive fire at Nicomedia, Pliny suggests the formation of a volunteer fire-brigade, limited to 150 members.
Claudius established here, as at Ostia, a cohort of vigiles as a fire-brigade.
A competent fire-brigade is maintained by the corporation.
The rest of the province is policed by the South African constabulary, a body 3700 strong, to which is also entrusted customs preventive work, fire brigade work and such like functions.
Both police and fire brigade are under the command of a single Keishi-sokan (inspector-general).