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Information to our English speaking visitors: Here we would like to inform you about the fire services system in Germany in general and in particular about the fire departments in the federal state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). Surely, you will find that there are so many similarities between the fire departments in the world, and differences are found mainly in the equipment and the organization. We salute all comrades – wherever – and we welcome your interest and feedback ... and perhaps the linking of our website to yours.

Cordial regards
from the
website staff of feuerwehr-nrw.de



Remark: feuerwehr-nrw.de is not the website of the NRW Firefighter's Association.
That is www.vdf-nrw.de = Verband der Feuerwehren in Nodrhein-Westfalen.


An alphabetical topic overview of the website in English > here.

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The Federal Republic of Germany


Bundeswappen = federal coat of arms

(Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is a federal parliamentary republic in the middle west of Europe. The republic is divided into 16 federal states (Bundesländer). Germany consists of three constitutional political levels: The federation, the states as well as the cities and municipalities as local level.

The public fire protection in Germany is exclusively a local matter. The legislation related to firefighting is under the competence of the federal states. Tasks of the counties are supporting activities and facilities such as the establishment of fire-training centers for the cities and municipalities. The federal level only tasks such as the unification of common standards and guidelines.

You will find an adequate description of the organization of the German fire fighting system in the English Wikipedia under German fire services.


Federal states


(Bundesländer) in Germany: Baden-Wuerttemberg (BW), Bavaria = Bayern (BY), Berlin (BE), Brandenburg (BB), Bremen (HB), Hamburg (HH), Hessen (HE), Lower Saxony = Niedersachsen (NI), Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania = Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (MV), North Rhine-Westphalia = Nordrhein-Westfalen (NW), Rhineland-Palatinate = Rheinland-Pfalz (RP), Saarland (SL), Saxony = Sachsen (SN), Saxony-Anhalt = Sachsen-Anhalt (ST), Schleswig-Holstein (SH) and Thuringia = Thueringen (TH).


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External Links


Bundesflagge = Germany's federal flag

www.deutschland.de/en = Politics, Life, Knowledge, Business, Culture, Environment
www.germany.travel/en = Travel Destination Germany
English Wikipedia > German fire services > Tactical units > Hierarchy.
www.dfv.org = German Firefighter's Association (DFV)
www.jugendfeuerwehr.de = German Youth Fire Brigade (DJF)
www.vfdb.de = German Fire Protection Association (vfdb)
www.wfvd.de = Industrial Fire Brigade's Association Germany (WFV)
www.agbf.de = Working group of the professional fire brigades' directors (AGBF)
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North Rhine-Westphalia


Landeswappen = NRW's coat of arms

(NRW) is one of the 16 German federal states. It is divided into
5 Regierungsbezirke (governmental districts), these again in altogether
30 Landkreise (counties, rural districts) and 1 Städteregion (city region) and
23 independent cities (undistricted cities, urban districhts).

Altogether, there are 395 cities and municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia, which all maintain a public fire department. Inside the website you will find them all via the governmental districts and counties.


Counties and independent cities


NRW's location inside Germany

in North Rhine-Westphalia: Aachen City Region | City of Bielefeld | City of Bochum | City of Bonn | Borken County | City of Bottrop | Coesfeld County | City of Cologne | City of Dortmund | Dueren County | City of Duesseldorf | City of Duisburg | Ennepe-Ruhr County | City of Essen | Euskirchen County | City of Gelsenkirchen | Guetersloh County | City of Hagen in Westphalia | City of Hamm | Heinsberg County | Herford County | City of Herne | Hochsauerlandkreis = "Upper Sauerland County" | Hoexter County | Kleve County | City of Krefeld | City of Leverkusen | Lippe County | Maerkischer Kreis = "Mark County" | Mettmann County | Minden-Luebbecke County | City of Moenchengladbach | City of Muelheim on the Ruhr | City of Muenster in Westphalia | Rhine-County Neuss | Oberbergischer Kreis = "Oberberg County" | City of Oberhausen | Olpe County | Paderborn County | Recklinghausen County | City of Remscheid | Rhein-Erft-Kreis = "Rhine-Erft County" | Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis = "Rhine-Berg County" | Rhein-Sieg-Kreis = "Rhine-Sieg County" | Siegen-Wittgenstein County | Soest County | City of Solingen | Steinfurt County | Unna County | Viersen County | Warendorf County | Wesel County | City of Wuppertal


Other NRW listings inside the website

Fire and rescue coordination centers, professional fire brigades, full-time fire stations of volunteer fire services, airport fire services, fire boats, musician units of the fire brigades, industrial fire brigades and relief organizations in North Rhine-Westphalia.


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External Links


Landesflagge = NRW's state flag

www.nrw.de/en/ = web portal of the federal state
www.mik.nrw.de = web portal of the NRW state ministry of the interior and communal affairs
— Topics: fire defense and civil protection.
www.vdf-nrw.de = NRW Firefighter's Association (VdF NRW)
www.jf-nrw.de = youth fire brigades in NRW (JF NRW)
www.idf.nrw.de = institute of the NRW fire services (IdF NRW) = state fire academy
www.agbf-nrw.de = working group of the professional fire brigades' directors in NRW (AGBF NRW)
www.aghf-nrw.de = working group of the full-time fire station heads in NRW (AGHF NRW)
www.feuerwehreinsatz-nrw.de = magazine of the NRW firefighters
www.unfallkasse-nrw.de = NRW accident insurance (Unfallkasse)
www.sicherheitserziehung-nrw.de = fire safety prevention and education website
www.phoenix-hotel.de = Phoenix hotel and congress center in Bergneustadt

Governmental districts in NRW (linked map)



Counties and independent cities (unlinked map)

 


See also in the English Wikipedia > German fire services > Tactical units > Hierarchy.
vfdb-Lexikon = Dictionary of the German Fire Protection Association

AGBF = Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Leiter der Berufsfeuerwehren = Working group of the professional fire brigades' directors
Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Leiter der Berufsfeuerwehren (AGBF) = Working group of the professional fire brigades' directors
BBM = Bezirksbrandmeister = fire inspector (govenrmental district)
Berufsfeuerwehr (BF) = professional fire brigade
BF = Berufsfeuerwehr = professional fire brigade
Betriebsfeuerwehr (BtF) = company fire brigade (private), unlincensed by government
Bezirksbrandmeister (BBM) = fire inspector (govenrmental district)
BtF = Betriebsfeuerwehr = company fire brigade (private), unlincensed by government
Bundesland = federal state
Deutsche Jugendfeuerwehr (DJF) = German Youth Fire Brigade
Deutscher Feuerwehrverband (DFV) = German Firefighter's Association
Deutschland = Germany
DFV = Deutscher Feuerwehrverband = German Firefighter's Association
DJF = Deutsche Jugendfeuerwehr = German Youth Fire Brigade
DL = Drehleiter = turnable ladder
DLK = Drehleiter mit Rettungskorb = turnable ladder with rescue cage
Drehleiter (DL) = turnable ladder, (DLK) turnable ladder with rescue cage
Feuerschutz- und Hilfeleistungs-Gesetz (FSHG) ≈ law of fire fire protection and emergency assistance in NRW
Feuerwehr (Fw) = fire defense, fire service, fire service, fire brigade (institution)
Feuerwehrmann = firefighter (male)
Feuerwehrfrau = firefighter (female)
FF = Freiwillige Feuerwehr = volunteer fire service
Freiwillige Feuerwehr (FF) = volunteer fire service
FSHG = Feuerschutz- und Hilfeleistungs-Gesetz ≈ law of fire fire protection and emergency assistance in NRW

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IdF NRW = Institut der Feuerwehr NRW = Institute of the NRW fire services = state fire academy
ILS = Integrierte Leitstelle = integrated coordination center (fire and rescue, FRCC)
Institut der Feuerwehr NRW (IdF NRW) = Institute of the NRW fire services = state fire academy
Integrierte Leitstelle (ILS) = integrated coordination center (fire and rescue, FRCC)
KFV = Kreisfeuerwehrverband = firefighter's association (country)
KBM = Kreisbrandmeister = fire inspector (county)
Kreis = county, rural district
Kreisbrandmeister = fire inspector (county)
Kreisfeuerwehrverband (KFV) = firefighter's association (country)
Kreisfreie Stadt = independent city (undistricted city, urban district)
Landesfeuerwehrverband (LFV) = firefighter's association (state)
LdF = Leiter der Feuerwehr = fire chief (local)
LE = Löscheinheit = fire fighting unit (neutral terminus)
Löscheinheit (LE) = fire fighting unit (neutral terminus)
Löschgruppe (LG) = fire fighting squad (unit)
Leiter der Feuerwehr (LdF) = fire chief (local)
Leitstelle (LSt) = alarm center, coordination center
LFV = Landesfeuerwehrverband = firefighter's association (state)
LG = Löschgruppe = fire fighting squad (unit)
Löschgruppe (LG) = fire fighting squad (unit)
Löschzug (LZ) = fire fighting company (unit)
LZ = Löschzug = fire fighting company (unit)
LSt = Leitstelle = alarm center, coordination center

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MIK = Ministerium für Inneres und Kommunales = state ministry of the interior and communal affairs
Musikzug (MZ) = musician fire company
MZ = Musikzug, Spielmannszug = musician fire unit
Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW) = North Rhine-Westphalia
NRW = Nordrhein-Westfalen = North Rhine-Westphalia.
Öffentliche Feuerwehr = public fire department
Regierungsbezirk = governmental district, admnistrative region
Rettungsgesetz (RettG) ≈ law of rescue service, emergency medical service and ambulance transports
RettG = Rettungsgesetz ≈ law of rescue service, emergency medical service and ambulance transports
Rettungsleitstelle = rescue coordination center (RCC)
Rettungswagen (RTW) = emergency ambulance
RLSt = Rettungsleitstelle = rescue coordination center (RCC)
RTW = Rettungswagen = emergency ambulance
Spielmannszug = musician fire unit (drums and pipes)
VdF NRW = Verband der Feuerwehren in NRW = NRW Firefighter's Association
Verband der Feuerwehren in NRW (VdF NRW) = NRW Firefighter's Association
Vereinigung zur Förderung des deutschen Brandschutzes (vfdb) = German Fire Protection Association
vfdb = Vereinigung zur Förderung des deutschen Brandschutzes = German Fire Protection Association
WF = Werkfeuerwehr = industrial fire brigade (private), lincensed by government
Werkfeuerwehr (WF) = industrial fire brigade (private), lincensed by government
Werkfeuerwehrverband Deutschland (WFV) = Industrial Fire Brigade's Association Germany
WFV = Werkfeuerwehrverband Deutschland = Industrial Fire Brigade's Association Germany
Zivilschutz = civil protection


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Fire Services in Germany


in the federal states: BW | BY | BE | BB | HB | HH | HE | MV | NI | NW | RP | SL | SN | ST | SH | TH


Fire Services wordwide


Countries: A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | U | V | W | Z


Continental regions


North Europe | West Europe | East Europe | Northern Africa | Southern Africa | Middle East | South-East Asia | Central Asia | East Asia | Australia and Oceania | North America | Central America and the Caribian | South America


Our banner in English can be downloaded and linked to http://www.feuerwehr-nrw.de/.




Counties and independent cities in NRW


Vehicle registration codes: AC | BI | BM | BN | BO | BOR | BOT | COE | D | DN | DO | DU | E | EN | EU | GE | GL | GM | GT | HA | HAM | HER | HF | HS | HSK | HX | K | KLE | KR | LEV | LIP | ME | MG | MH | MI | MK | MS | NE | OB | OE | PB | RE | RS | SG | SI | SO | ST | SU | UN | VIE | W | WAF | WES


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