This year, the finalists for the international Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award represent Australia, Chile, France, Iran, Austria, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary and from the 2014 title-holder, Brazil. But all eleven teams have provided the same high-level contribution to society with their valuable and essential work. They were selected by a high-calibre jury that has now passed on the choice of the “2015 International Fire Department Team” to the public for the final decision. From the land of the aboriginal people of Australia, to Africa and Europe, all the way to South America, everyone can vote for their favourite team between 10 November and 13 December at www.world-of-firefighters.com.
Magirus launched the prize in Germany in 2012; a year later, the company expanded it to include international teams as well, in order to honour the valuable missions of those around the globe – who are often volunteers – and to give society insights into the everyday work of fire-fighters. These men and women are on duty 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to rescue others, sometimes at the cost of their own lives. By voting, everyone around the world can express their appreciation for their invaluable commitment. At www.world-of-firefighters.com, you can find all important information about the competing teams’ missions, which range from disastrous conflagrations to complex rescue operations.
The jury was impressed by the high level of this year’s candidates. “The operations are becoming increasingly complex, and the competencies and skills required of fire-fighters are enormous. This is why we wish to heartily congratulate all the finalists,” said Tristan Reitz of Magirus, representing the jury. In addition to Reitz, Richard Berger from “Die Österreichische Feuerwehr,” Michel Bour, General Secretary of the World Fire Service Association CTIF, Ann Marie Knegt, Editor-in-Chief of the English magazine “Fire and Rescue” and Christoph Marchal, Deputy Secretary General of the National Federation of the Sapeurs Pompiers de France sat on the jury. In evaluating the entries, the experts relied on their long years of fire-fighting experience, even when this did not necessarily make their decision easier due to the high quality of the entries.
The fire department team with the most votes will travel to the headquarters of Magirus in Ulm for the awards ceremony on 22 January 2016. The winning team will then be announced live. Not only can the winning team take home the coveted Conrad Dietrich Magirus statue, the “Oscar of the Fire-Fighting Sector,” but also look forward to a unique journey to New York – flight and accommodation included. In the Big Apple, they will do more than just take a look over the shoulder of their comrades in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). In addition to tours of various fire stations and to the Training Academy “The Rock,” they will also visit the most modern fireboats in the world. This is a trip that could lead to completely new dimensions even for very experienced fire-fighters.
Click here to vote: http://world-of-firefighters.com/vote/
The top 11 at a glance:
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Gold Coast, Queensland
Corpo de Bombeiros do Estado de São Paulo (CBMSP), São Paulo
Second Group of Military Firefighters from the Fire Department of Rio de Janeiro
Unit BX-5 – Talcahuano
Union Départementale des Sapeurs Pompiers des Alpes de Haute-Provence
Isfahan Firefighting Team
Freiwillige Feuerwehr Braunau am Inn, Oberösterreich
Freiwillige Feuerwehr Markt Wildon, Steiermark
Fire and Rescue Brigade of Prague – station 3 Holesovice
Basaksehir / Istanbul Fire Brigade
Fővárosi Katasztrófavédelmi Igazgatóság, Budapest