Fire stations of the world: New vehicle and new fire station for Freiwilligen Feuerwehr Buchenrod, Germany
The Freiwilligen Feuerwehr Buchenrod in Germany opened their new fire station and welcomed a new fire engine earlier this year. "22 emergency services, six women and 16 men with around 300 residents - that's 14 percent," said Chief Roland Hillenbrand from the Buchenrod Volunteer Fire Brigade. "Even in a village as beautiful as Buchenrod, not every inhabitant can organise the entire danger prevention for themselves alone." Everyone came together on Saturday, 30 April 2022 to inspect the new fire engine and the new fire station. Hillenbrand continued, "As soon as the forces of nature, whether fire, water, storm or snow, unite in an order of magnitude affecting the individual, it is inevitable that the community will stand by the affected person. The legislator has this with the obligation assigned to the municipalities and cities to maintain a fire brigade. So it was only logical that on 26 January 1935 the village communities of Kauppen and Buchenrod decided to set up a joint volunteer fire brigade."
"At first, the equipment was quite clear and you only needed a small house in the centre of the village of Buchenrod. At the beginning of 1963, an application was made for cost sharing from the fire protection tax for the construction of a fire station. And barely two years later for a subsidy for the construction of the fire station. These two foundations of our district fire brigade are still important building blocks of our site here. In the 1960s it was a matter of course that the construction work was carried out largely by hand. First we had a TSA (portable pump trailer), then in 1970, the Ford Transit was used as a motorised TSF (fire engine) for use.
When the first expansion of the fire station was carried out in 2005, the cramped space in the vehicle hall relaxed a little because until then there were vehicles and clothing housed together in the hall.
This building was also used by the fire fighters and carried out largely by many alumni themselves. Thanks to good work by the youth fire brigade founded in 1973, the operations department grew and there was hardly a hand’s breadth of space left in the changing room when the alarm went off.
“The reasons for the conversion were on the one hand the specifications of the accident insurer (UKH) and the fact that the TSF, which was purchased in 1990 and was based on a Mercedes Benz 310, was nearing the end of its service life and was tactically replaced by a TSF-W (carrying capacity spraying vehicle with water tank) would be replaced."
"But these TSF-Ws are higher than our garage door height at the time and also in terms of length, it would have been less than 1one metre to walk behind them. In June 2018, shortly before the start of the municipal fire brigade day in Buchenrod, we were able to open the construction site together and set up conversion of the FwH. It was built and maintained for almost three years before the construction work and improvements were completed in July 2021. The volunteers of the FF Buchenrod contributed 1417 hours of personal contribution to 84 work assignments. It is no longer so easy with the personal contribution rate, since the proportion of craftsmen in Buchenrod has changed significantly due to professional development. Nevertheless, we have done very well and taken on as much as possible of our own work. Now we have changing rooms separated by gender, a proper vehicle hall, a carport and a large exit. Thank you very much all helpers for your commitment", explained the chief.
The new TSF-W could be picked up from Ziegler in Mühlau near Chemnitz on 20 June 2019. It first had to be housed in the garages of the dirt road association for a little over a year and was then able to move to its new heated home in autumn 2020 after the floor coating was applied. "As a special feature, our TSF-W has loaded a forest fire component, these are six additional C-42 roll hoses, six 30-metre D roll hoses and three DCD units. With this we can over a length of 200m at a distance of 60m with little water consumption in the hoses extinguishes a larger area relatively well and flexibly. In order to still comply with the weight limit of 6,5 tons, the water tank is limited to 900 litres. In addition, thanks to a donation, the fire brigade association was able to buy a used MTF (team transport vehicle) in May acquired from the comrades from Marktsteinach in the Schweinfurt District in 2019. And since January 2021, we have also housed the railway module from the Fulda District on the trailer of the Flieden Municipal Youth Fire Brigade in our small garage to celebrate this and to ask God's blessings for a healthy return!"
Source: Osthessen News