The year was 2002: after the devas­tat­ing forest fires in Europe, a hand­ful of dedi­cated fire­fight­ers wondered how they could manage to help abroad as a German fire brigade, despite the federal struc­tures in Germany. The birth of @fire. On 1 Decem­ber 2002 @fire is offi­cially founded.

In 2022, @fire can look back on a history of more than 20 years - from the found­ing idea to a recog­nised and inter­na­tion­ally active aid organ­i­sa­tion with several hundred members. In many large and small steps, the volun­teer members pursue the vision of the network and of fast, compe­tent and non-polit­i­cal disas­ter relief.

We would like to thank all our compan­ions, part­ners, support­ers and members of the past 20 years!

Learn more about our history.