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.

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