@fire helps where people or their livelihoods are threatened by natural disasters. Such threats may include vegetation fires, earthquakes, or other events that cause a humanitarian emergency. For a fast and professional help, several points are essential: Our task forces are specialized and ready for action at any time, our material is ready for air transport and our units can work self-sufficiently for several days. Task forces, material and logistics can be provided quickly and unbureaucratically.
In addition to missions at home and abroad, we also train worldwide together with other organizations or train other organizations.
Since 2006, we have been holding joint training sessions with fire departments in Portugal and supporting them in fighting vegetation fires. Due to the significantly higher incidence of vegetation fires, our assistance here is a relief for the emergency forces there. In addition, we can benefit enormously from the experience and incorporate it into the training of German forces. We also assisted with forest fires in the USA, Sweden, Croatia and Bolivia.
To date, assistance from the USAR Department has been arranged several times through the United Nations INSARAG network for countries requesting assistance. We conducted debris rescues after earthquakes in Pakistan (2005), Haiti (2010) and Nepal (2015), after seaquakes with a tsunami in Thailand in 2004, after a typhoon in the Philippines in 2013, and in 2020 after an explosion in the port and industrial district of the Lebanese capital Beirut.
We supported the refugee relief effort, which challenged all aid organizations and authorities in the Federal Republic of Germany in 2015, by providing emergency personnel, material and logistical capacities.
We helped with natural disasters following floods in Germany in 2013 and in Bosnia in 2014.
You can find our press releases on the operations here.
A request for @fire is made via the central telephone hotline. Under it, a manager can be reached 24 hours a day and is available for feedback and inquiries:
+49 (0) 541 38 59 43 97124 hours a day, 7 days a week