@fire is a non-profit aid organization whose members have joined together as a registered association. Flat hierarchies and short paths ensure the agility that is important as an operational organization.
The Board of Directors, elected by the members, is responsible for the strategic direction of the Association:
Operational activities in the organizational structure are managed by department heads for the Management & Logistics (MuL), Vegetationsbrandbekämpfung (WFF), and Rubble Rescue (USAR) disciplines. The department heads make decisions in their sectors independently, but in close cooperation with the Executive Board, and are supported by organizational teams. The subdivision of the subject areas is directly structured according to the application components of @fire.
In addition, there are cross-sectional functions such as finance, membership administration, IT, public relations, and many more, which are directly assigned to a board department.
Members and task forces are organized into regional teams. In these, trainings and regular team services take place in order to keep the travel load within limits despite the supraregional activity of @fire.
The board of directors, team leaders, department heads, subsidiary organizations such as @fire Switzerland and the elected member spokesperson as ombudsman form the association’s internal organization and steering committee (ViOLa), which meets regularly to discuss and decide on directional decisions and everyday issues.
This creates a decentralized structure for the administration of the association, whose advantages are exploited through intensive communication and Internet-based administration tools.
Despite the steady growth, we are proud to have maintained the open communication culture that is typical of @fire. We are convinced that this is the only way to continuously develop @fire.