There are three types of Fire Brigade in Lower Saxony: Voluntary Fire Brigades, Professional Fire Brigades and Works Fire Brigades. Works Fire Brigades are set up by businesses and public services which have an increased risk of fire or other danger. They are primarily responsible for their own premises. Towns and villages are required to set up an efficient and capable fire brigade. In Niedersachsen the majority of these are Voluntary Fire Brigades – the men and women involved take on the various responsibilities of the Brigade as volunteers, in addition to their other commitments. Eleven larger towns in Lower Saxony additionally have a Professional Fire Brigade – in this case firefighting and the other responsibilities of the force are their full time employment.
Starting with rescue from fire, floods and road accidents through to rescuing people who have fallen into icy waters, today the Fire Brigade’s most important undertaking is to rescue people and animals from any type of dangerous situation.
The Fire Brigades in Lower Saxony are fully trained and equipped, enabling them to do their best to help people and animals in need at any time.
The original reason for forming the Fire Brigade was to put out fires, still an important feature of our work today, although in many cases water is no longer used, having been replaced by other substances.
During 2011 the Fire Brigade in Lower Saxony extinguished over 23,000 fires of all sizes.
Regardless of whether the fire was in a waste paper bin or a large factory: the Fire Brigade was on the scene to fight the danger.
Another complex area of focus for the Fire Brigade is that of the recovery of assets. This could be a load shed from a lorry or a load which needs salvaging after an accident. Trees and telephone or electricity lines which have come down during storms, as well as submerged cars, belong to this category.
The Fire Brigade is not only active in matters such as flood defences, it is also involved in other preventative measures to avoid dangers from arising. Examples would be: warning children of the dangers of fire and being present at large events, such as concerts.
The work undertaken by the Fire Brigade is real teamwork. Especially in the Voluntary Fire Brigade the sense of community spirit plays a large role. Within this community there are many opportunities to contribute, responsibilities to take on and interesting courses to take. Examples of which are: Equipment Attendants who ensure the care and functionality of the equipment, Youth Trainers who take care of the training of the next generation Fire Brigade, and the specialists and executive staff. These are (as well as others) Group or Section Leaders and Local Fire Chiefs.
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The Ministry of the Interior for Lower Saxony is currently working on a search facility supported by a database. Until this is completed the best method of contact is to use a search engine, inserting “Feuerwehr” and the name of your town or village as the search criteria. You could, of course, simply contact your local authority, who would be pleased to give you the names of contact persons in your area. You will also find a poster hanging In front of most Fire Brigade premises which gives information for those interested.
Communities consisting of more than 100,000 inhabitants have to, whereas smaller communities may, establish a professional fire brigade. In Lower Saxony professional fire brigades have been established in: Braunschweig, Cuxhaven, Delmenhorst, Göttingen, Hannover, Hildesheim, Oldenburg, Osnabrück, Salzgitter, Wilhelmshaven, and Wolfsburg, where it is possible to find various career opportunities to become a professional fireman or woman.
The requirements necessary to commence pre-service training vary according to the career path chosen. Therefore, one of the following qualifications as well as a good standard of general and physical fitness is mandatory:
The professional fire brigade has put together information about the above in a flyer – please see the download “Ausbildungsflyer”.
Any further questions will gladly be answered by the staff of the Personnel Planning Dept. in the professional fire brigade near you – please see the download “Professional Fire Brigades”