Since I was six years old I have been an active member of the voluntary fire brigade in my local town. At that time, I was obviously not allowed to go on duty, but we learned in our group for example what a fire needs to burn and which technical equipment the fire brigade uses. From the age of 16 on and after my basic training, I was allowed to support the active firefighters.
In innumerable missions, you not only help people, but you also develop yourself. A talent for improvisation, technical understanding, the ability to work in a team and a calm mind in new unknown situations are important key features for success in an emergency.
Yeah I know, the picture is old but in case of an emergency you don't have time to take pictures :D
The summer of 2018 was very dry in Germany, resulting in frequent forest fires. My firefighting colleagues and I were also called out to fight the biggest forest fire this summer. For hours we successfully tried to protect a number of small villages and to control the rapidly spreading fire. After several days and with the help of hundreds of firefighters, other helpers and fire-fighting helicopters, the fire was finally extinguished.
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