FW Mettmann: Volunteering in the Mettmann Fire Brigade! Training begins…

metman fire brigade

metman (ots)

You might think the fire service is an elite community. Only 0.25% of Mitman residents join the fire brigade and are ready to help people and animals in need. This sounds a little too much – it is. There may be various reasons for this. There is a consistently positive image, but it is associated with ideas of high athletic performance and a significant investment of time that seems out of reach along with family, work and other hobbies.

On April 28, new basic training begins for Mitman personnel interested in an exciting career with the fire brigade. On April 25 at 7:00 pm there will be another informative evening at the fire station on Laubacher Straße 14 in Mettmann, where you can learn more about work in the fire service and about training.

Mittmann Fire Chief Marco Zroes explains what he thinks is worth knowing in an interview:

Firefighters must be fit and get out of bed by 2 a.m. every night. Is this true?

Marco Zroes: Here we can illustrate the first bias: The fire brigade is made up of different divisions. Members are used based on interests, fitness, and convenience. Operations department, for example, is called to operations via alarm receivers. This can be any time of the day or night. Of course, the wearer of the respirator entering the fire must be in good health and fitness. Above all, those who drive a car to the place of emergency need to drive safely and stay calm. But there is also a so-called support department, which takes care of important tasks in the background. For example, emergency services children’s care in the process, food care, where we have organizational talent, or city press support and PR work. If you can’t imagine it and still want to support the firefighters, you can become a passive member of the association. And waking up at 2 a.m.: Last year, not even 30 surgeries took place between midnight and 6 a.m. Not everyone is always alerted.

What is the ideal age for fire service?

Marco Zroes: Here at Mittmann, the youth fire brigade can be committed from the age of 11. The earliest you can start training for the operational department is 16. We switch to the operations department at age 18. You can actively participate in operations up to the legally established retirement age (currently 67). Many young firefighters will stay with us. But also interested people with life experience who would like to help and support the community are welcome. We also have side entrants who are 45 years old.

Investing in time: what is in store for me?

Marco Zroes: Serving our fellow human beings is not very popular these days. We respond to this by taking personal possibilities into account. Of course you can play in the first team. Then expect a regular post and workout post for 14 days. Training is important, then. If there are other focal points at different stages of life, that’s OK and we take that into account. The support department meets much less often. You can also approach it slowly and, if it’s fun, hit the ground running.

What does professional training with firefighters look like at Mettman?

Marco Zroes: We start with basic training. This happens at the Mettmann site with Mettmann coaches. It lasts about a year and is held every 14 days on Thursday evenings. You learn basic trading through organization, technique and tactics in theory and practice. For members of the support department, training is kept short and limited to the basics. But everyone learns first aid, for example.

If you’re curious, you can learn more about volunteer firefighters on the evening of April 25th without obligation and ask personal questions. There is also the possibility for those who spontaneously decide to come to start training on April 28th at 7:30pm. (Fire and Rescue Station Laubacher Straße 14, 40822 Mettmann, access via the city hall car park via the gate opposite the gymnasium).

Here is a summary of the dates:

   - Montag, den 25.04.2022, 19:00 Uhr, Informationsabend, Feuer- und
     Rettungswache Laubacher Straße 14, 40822 Mettmann
   - Donnerstag, den 28.04.2022, 19:30 Uhr, Start Ausbildung, Feuer- 
     und Rettungswache Laubacher Straße 14, 40822 Mettmann

More information about the Mettmann fire brigade at: http://www.feuerwehr-mettmann.de

Questions please contact:

metman fire brigade
Marco Zroes
Chief of the fire brigade
Tel: 02104 / 980-279
Email: marco.zerweiss@mettmann.de
Internet: http://www.feuerwehr-mettmann.de
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FWMettmann/

Original content from: Mettmann fire brigade, transmitted by aktuell news

Leave a Comment