Which vehicles does the Dachau fire brigade need by 2040?
That question has been answered, and it will be expensive for the city.
Dachau - In addition to the fire brigade requirement plan, the latest version of which covers the years 2018 to 2022, the Dachau volunteer fire brigade has now also developed a vehicle concept for the years 2021 to 2040.
This, according to Commander Thomas Hüller in the most recent meeting of the main and finance committee, should help both sides - the fire brigade as well as the city - for better and, above all, long-term planning.
According to Hüller's remarks, the city should therefore face investments of around 3 million euros in the coming years.
Lord Mayor Florian Hartmann called the list "not excessive", but rather "very balanced".
“Other municipalities would like their fire brigade to plan ahead as well as ours.
We are doing a very exemplary job. ”Fire department officer Peter Strauch (CSU) also called the concept“ excellently worked out ”.
The most important message from Hüller was that - parallel to the changes in society - the equipment of the emergency services will also change.
Especially in densely built-up urban areas with lots of residential development, “we have to be flexible,” says Hüller.
The emergency vehicles that the city orders for its rescuers should also be correspondingly more manoeuvrable.
To illustrate the new requirements, Hüller gave the following example: Last year alone, the Dachau Weir was called to open 100 apartments;
previously, according to Hüller, "it was two a year".
The bureaucracy is also noticeable.
According to Hüller, the so-called emergency site hygiene requires more and more special equipment for the comrades: after contamination, for example, they would have to change before the return trip, "so we always need more spare clothes," said the commander.
The currently long delivery times for fire fighting vehicles would also have prompted the military to create the long-term concept in addition to the requirement plan drawn up for five years.
According to Hüller, it takes three years to plan, order and procure a vehicle these days.
The vehicle concept is therefore “a common thread” for everyone involved and provides “planning security for a longer period of time”.
In the opinion of the fire brigade, new, modern vehicles not only facilitate the daily work of the comrades, but also the recruitment of young people.
“A modern, well-equipped vehicle fleet” would “not least provide an incentive why citizens of the large district town decide to do voluntary active fire service”.
This “foresight”, as the Wehr calls its concept, also offers the city a small financial ray of hope: Since the decision-makers in the town hall now know what to expect, they can tackle the issue of inter-municipal cooperation more actively.
If, for example, several municipalities get together to procure identical vehicles, a good ten percent can be saved in costs.
Michael Eisenmann's (Alliance for Dachau) wish that the fire brigade should please rely on e-mobility when planning their vehicle fleet, Commander Hüller would like to comply with, as he emphasized.
But his hands are still "tied" in terms of conveying technology.
In the long term, however, the fire brigade will “move in this direction, in any case”!