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Are you not just looking for a hobby, but a job? Something that not only enlivens your free time, but also helps those around you? Over 130,000 people in North Rhine-Westphalia do voluntary work in the volunteer fire brigade. Your commitment is important.
Fire service is more than putting out fires. Fire brigade is commitment, community, helpfulness, social responsibility. On our website you can find information about the voluntary work of the volunteer fire brigades in North Rhine-Westphalia. Here you can find out how your voluntary work will help you personally and how you can win friends through your commitment who will be with you for a lifetime. Everyone is welcome!
THE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
To me. For all. The members of the volunteer fire brigade do their voluntary work in their free time. And still have a lot of responsible tasks. Much of what they do in their social commitment goes beyond simply extinguishing a fire. Members of the volunteer fire brigade also help and secure in the event of accidents and natural disasters and are on hand for the citizens of North Rhine-Westphalia in an emergency. Rescue, rescue, extinguishing, protecting - together for all people in North Rhine-Westphalia! And if a cat is stuck in the tree, we are of course also on duty. Always there where help is needed.
Team spirit, camaraderie, motivation and the will to social commitment - that is what defines the volunteer fire brigade. In order for our helpers to be ready for action, a sound fire service training, health suitability and physical fitness are necessary. We welcome everyone who wants to do voluntary work. Even those who are not so fit. We have tasks for everyone.
Gender or origin are irrelevant for volunteer work in the volunteer fire brigade. It doesn't matter whether you already know where your strengths are or you want to find out with us first. With us everyone will find a task to advance themselves and to make a contribution to society with their commitment.
Do you want to work with us for the security and community in your community? Exciting assignments and tasks await with us, which provide a balance to everyday stress, impart new skills to you and through which you will grow.
Talk to your local volunteer fire brigade now. You can easily find all contact details in our map tool.
Are you ready for your first assignment with the volunteer fire brigade? Then come over and get on the Firetruck!
In 2017 the truck was on the road at 14 events in North Rhine-Westphalia. Everyone who is curious about the work and training of the volunteer fire brigade had the opportunity to get to know the truck, the local volunteer fire brigade and of course many of the comrades
Have your picture taken with the truck and show your friends what you would look like as a future member. Find out more about life and work at the volunteer fire brigade and learn exciting stories from the members of the volunteer fire brigade.
The next dates of the Firetruck will follow shortly:
Expect the unexpected - Facebook Live Event with the Rösrath Volunteer Fire Brigade!
Action with the Rösrath Volunteer Fire Brigade! With emergency vehicles, rescuing people and spontaneous "operations management", we show what it feels like to be a "volunteer fire brigade".
What exactly is going on in the control center as soon as an emergency call comes in? What is the Day of Warning about? And what about the different sirens? We explain that to you in our Live Event on Warning Day. We were guests of the volunteer fire brigade in Kamen and answered your questions:
Martina and Gesine google! And answer frequently asked questions about the volunteer fire brigade.
Doing something for yourself: volunteer fire services
Everyone has their strengths - have you found yours yet? Can you keep a cool head under pressure? Do you know what to do in an emergency? You will learn all of this with us in the fire brigade. Show yourself and those around you what you are made of.
Do something for everyone: turn a hobby into a purpose!
The volunteer fire brigade is not popular with citizens for nothing. We are there when help is needed and through our voluntary work we strengthen the security and community on site
Meet new people from your region as volunteers.
We train together in the volunteer fire brigade. We'll go into action together. We learn with and from each other. And we also like to spend our free time together. Community is a top priority in volunteering. This is where you meet new friends - maybe for life.
Training and further education: learn and grow with us.
Everyone who wants to go into action has to go through the basic training with us. The course comprises around 150 hours of lessons and takes place in the evenings or on weekends. These basics will be deepened again later. Among other things, you will learn the basics of fire fighting, technical assistance and civil and disaster protection, and you will learn how to properly provide first aid, how to deal with vehicles and equipment and how to correctly assess dangerous situations and work together effectively in a group.
Off to action: do you know your limit?
Once the basic training has been completed, the volunteer fire brigade offers many opportunities for further training and to learn real specialist knowledge and skills. Have you always wanted to be behind the wheel of a fire engine? Know how to control a reconnaissance drone or secure a danger zone? At the volunteer fire brigade you will immerse yourself in many different areas: technology, processes, psychology equipment and first - so that you can keep a cool head even in tricky situations. And be able to make optimal use of your strengths in everyday life.
Are you someone who likes to take responsibility? Maybe you even have a future leader in you. We all started the same and had the same opportunities for advancement.
Social commitment: Find your balance. And real friends.
The volunteer fire brigade makes you fit - physically and mentally. Use voluntary work to help yourself and those around you. However, sportiness is not a mandatory requirement - with us you can get involved in many areas. For example, in the organization on duty. Or do you know your way around social networks and would like to get involved in public communication? For many of our members, their work in the volunteer fire brigade is the perfect balance to their everyday work. In voluntary work, we stick together and are there for one another - even when there is no outreach.
FOR EMPLOYERS & COMPANIES
Employers and companies can also support volunteering.
Not only individuals can make a valuable contribution to security and community in their region and actively promote social engagement. Business can also support the long-term security of the volunteer fire brigades. For example, employers who release their employees for fire service assignments and who benefit from the special skills of the fire service members in their workforce. Or companies that contribute to the bigger picture by supporting the volunteer fire brigade (e.g. by donating to fire brigade development associations). For themselves. For all.
In our FAQs, we answer all other questions about involvement in the volunteer fire brigade.
How is the volunteer fire brigade structured in NRW?
What is the difference between a professional fire brigade and a volunteer fire brigade?
Do I have to pay for the equipment myself?
Do you get money for working for the volunteer fire brigade?
Is there a membership fee?
What does the youth fire brigade do?
What does the children's fire brigade do?
What is the difference between an active, passive and a sustaining member?
Who can become a firefighter?
What activities does the volunteer fire brigade do?
Can people with disabilities also become members?
How much time does the activity take?
How much training is required for a job in the emergency service?
How dangerous is the activity?
Which volunteer fire brigade can I be a member of?
Do you have to be German to become a member?
How does a typical mission work?
How do I know if I am suitable for a job in the fire service?
Am I insured as a member?
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