The Kempfenhausen volunteer fire brigade is optimistic about the future.
A successor has been found for the outgoing, long-term club chairman Hans Maier.
And next year the emergency services will get the long-awaited new fire engine.
- Club life is back, and the members of the Kempfenhausen Volunteer Fire Brigade are enjoying it to the full. The atmosphere at the Gasthaus Manthaler at the annual meeting was sociable and exuberant. The around 35 present, including twelve children and young people, had a lot to talk about. The official start was postponed by half an hour.
Then Hans Maier took the floor - for the last time as chairman of the association.
After 30 years in office, he did not stand for election again.
A timely generation change is important to him, said the 64-year-old later.
Maier, who has been from Kempfenhausen since birth, remains loyal to the 86-member association.
"If you need help setting up the summer festival or the Advent market, I'll be there," he promised.
When the new board had already been elected, Maier received the German Fire Brigade Cross of Honor from District Fire Chief Tobias Völkl.
And his comrades from Kempfenhausen made him an honorary director.
It was a very emotional evening for Maier.
The memory of the former commandant Manfred Ebert, who died in April this year at the age of 71, was particularly close to him.
Excellent goodbye: Long-time chairman Hans Maier (left) received the German Fire Brigade Cross of Honor from District Fire Chief Tobias Völkl and was also appointed to the Board of Honor.
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Benjamin Grid is now in charge of the club's affairs.
The 43-year-old, at home in Kempfenhausen for around 15 years and well integrated as a group leader in the fire brigade, was elected chairman.
"I have three sons, two of them are already in the fire department," he told Starnberg Merkur.
He didn't have to be persuaded for long.
"We are a team, there are no small groups here." Gitters' deputy is Xaver Kaunicnik, while Lisa Pistor remains the secretary.
And Michael Sticht, who had already stood in for Stefan Hüser in the past term of office, acts as the treasurer.
Commander Christian Ebert was re-elected. When he spoke of the old fire engine with the words “still ready to drive”, some in the hall smiled. The LF 8 vehicle, built in 1993, has been causing grief for the emergency services for a long time. Not just because of the rust: "The pump no longer sucks," reported Ebert. But remedial action is in sight. An agreement was reached with the community to buy a new vehicle. Mayor Rupert Steigenberger then confirmed this: “We discussed for a long time.” An LF 10 with a 1600 liter water tank is to be ordered this year and delivered next year. It is not a custom-made product typical of the fire service, but a suitable “off the shelf” product, as kit manager Thomas Ebert explained.Therefore, at around 220,000 euros, it is also significantly cheaper than a tailor-made one. And because the municipality of Berg is making the purchase in cooperation with the city of Starnberg, which is also re-equipping its fire brigade. "Then the funding for municipalities is higher," said the mayor.
The Kempfenhausen-based company drove 37 missions in the Corona year 2020. 18 times to provide technical assistance, seven times as first responders. It burned only twice. And ten missions fell into the false and false alarms category. Especially for the broad-based children and youth fire brigade, the club's leaders hope that more will be possible again in 2021 and 2022. After all, the youngsters were already camping this year.