Orga­ni­za­tion

The asso­ci­a­tion head­quar­ters of @fire is Osnabrück with the main office in Wallen­horst, district of Osnabrück (NI). In addi­tion, @fire has offices in Munich (BY), Wipperfürth/Cologne (NW) and Kieselbronn/Pforzheim (BW).

@fire is a decen­tral­ized orga­ni­za­tion; there is no single, central train­ing center or single, central location.

Instead, @fire has three oper­a­tional camps near Stuttgart, Cologne and Pots­dam, as well as vari­ous bases for the regional teams, for exam­ple in Bavaria, Baden-Würt­tem­berg, Bran­den­burg, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia.

@fire’s orga­ni­za­tional struc­ture is divided into regional teams. Within this, in addi­tion to the supra-regional train­ing, regu­lar team services for train­ing and further educa­tion take place.

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take place. You can find more infor­ma­tion about the require­ment here.

Active member­ship

The basic require­ment for a member­ship with @fire is first the completed 18 years of age, the mental and phys­i­cal apti­tude as well as the will­ing­ness to actively partic­i­pate in the asso­ci­a­tion. Entry-level qual­i­fi­ca­tions from fire­fight­ing, emer­gency medical services or forestry are desir­able but not manda­tory. Regard­less of qual­i­fi­ca­tion, each member basi­cally completes the same train­ing levels. 

Depend­ing on the place of resi­dence of the inter­ested party the assign­ment to a regional team takes place. The admis­sion process is then handled by the regional team leaders.

@fire expects active coop­er­a­tion from its members. For a club like @fire to even be in the If a company is to be able to go into action, it needs to be care­fully planned and prepared. But also Public rela­tions and fundrais­ing are a major field of activ­ity within the asso­ci­a­tion. @fire receives no public fund­ing and lives off dona­tions. That is why it is also the task of every Member to look for revenue in the form of dona­tions. Only then @fire can act. In all these areas, the members are asked to actively contribute. 

Again and again we are asked “Where does all this take place?”. @fire is a network, there is no central train­ing center or simi­lar. The members come from all over Germany, from Austria, South Tyrol and Switzer­land. It is not atyp­i­cal several times a year to travel a few kilo­me­ters to the team service or even travel more than 200 kilo­me­ters for a week­end train­ing course. For this a high will­ing­ness to travel and mobil­ity is required. Often help carpool­ing around the cost to keep low. 

“@fire - Inter­na­tionaler Katas­tro­phen­schutz Deutsch­land e.V.” - who wants to be inter­na­tion­ally active comes around the language English can not be avoided. Inter­na­tional guide­lines and train­ing docu­ments are avail­able on English writ­ten and part of the WFF and USAR train­ing. Commu­ni­ca­tion on an inter­na­tional Parquet carries the languages English and/or French. You do not have to speak perfect English to to work for @fire. But it is help­ful to under­stand the language. At the begin­ning is enough normal School English.

@fire is a non-profit asso­ci­a­tion and is financed exclu­sively through dona­tions and
Member­ship fees. No expenses for travel to train­ings, courses or other @fire events will be covered.

In prin­ci­ple, members sacri­fice their time for train­ing courses and missions.
free time or their vaca­tion. Since we are not affil­i­ated with the National Disas­ter Manage­ment Agency, we will
no down­time payments for oper­a­tions are assumed. For foreign assign­ments, the asso­ci­a­tion forms a
Deploy­ment reserve. Here, members do not incur any costs for flights, accom­mo­da­tion, meals or the like.

The annual member­ship fee is currently 80€. There is a discount for students.

For the
Procure­ment of personal protec­tive equip­ment and other equip­ment incurs addi­tional costs.

@fire is currently finan­cially unable to provide its members with full personal protec­tive equip­ment (PPE). There are addi­tional costs for the members here. To partic­i­pate in an oper­a­tion it is neces­sary to have the complete @fire protec­tive cloth­ing. This includes a safety helmet with goggles, a jacket and trousers as well as gloves. When it comes to footwear, most members fall back on their fire depart­men­t’s personal duty footwear. Here you can wear the common models of lace-up boots. Addi­tional polo shirts, T-shirts, sweaters, fleece jack­ets and pants can be purchased as duty attire. In addi­tion, the members need for train­ing courses, exer­cises but of course also for an inter­na­tional mission own eating uten­sils, sleep­ing bag, sleep­ing mat, back­pack, pack bag, helmet and flash­light, etc.. The costs depend then strongly on what is already avail­able. For the @fire PSA you should plan about 300€.

It is not neces­sary to dress in full PPE right from the start. For members coming from the fire depart­ment, there is the possi­bil­ity to use exist­ing PPE of the munic­i­pal fire depart­ment at the begin­ning during exer­cises and train­ing courses. In addi­tion, for exam­ple, helmets can be rented. Detailed infor­ma­tion on PPE and other equip­ment will be a regu­lar topic at train­ing courses.

Special infor­ma­tion for rescue dog handlers

  • The completed 18th year of life and the will­ing­ness to actively partic­i­pate in the association.
  • The rescue dog handler is an active dog handler with dog (tested or in training).
  • Completes a mini­mum of 50 days of search train­ing per year and has access to train­ing areas with build­ing and debris locations.
  • Entry level fire and rescue qual­i­fi­ca­tions are desir­able but not a MUST. In prin­ci­ple, each member completes the same train­ing levels (at least ID course, USAR 1).
  • Each member is assigned to a regional team. There you have the oppor­tu­nity to get to know the club better and to partic­i­pate in regional team services.
  • You don’t have to speak perfect English, but you should be will­ing to learn some­thing on your own initia­tive. The USAR language is English and commu­ni­ca­tion on an inter­na­tional level is in English and/or French. Knowl­edge of other foreign languages is welcome.

  • Member­ship @fire
  • Stan­dard require­ments as for all members of @fire partic­i­pat­ing in over­seas assign­ments, such as valid pass­port, human (and animal) vacci­na­tions, fitness test, etc.
  • @fire ID Tutorial
  • @fire USAR 1 Tutorial
  • @fire Doghan­dler Tutorial
  • At least one addi­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion from the field of 
    • Tech­ni­cal locating
    • Medical
    • Salvage
    • Logis­tics
  • Valid rubble test accord­ing to GemPPO (or comparable).

The goal is to obtain the qual­i­fi­ca­tions for the foreign assign­ment within 1 to 2 years. So active dog handlers with inter­ests more diverse than pure dog work are needed. Admis­sion to the asso­ci­a­tion does not auto­mat­i­cally enti­tle the member to partic­i­pate in train­ing or oper­a­tions, as inter­nal asso­ci­a­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tions must first be acquired for this purpose.

Open ques­tion

There are still unan­swered ques­tions? Then here is the oppor­tu­nity to ask them.

We will get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.

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