More members and a new car: This makes the Egmating fire brigade happy.
But also for space requirements.
The commander has a specific request.
– The Egmating fire brigade is gearing up for the future, in all disciplines: new heads, new vehicle, more space required.
On Tuesday, the District Fire Inspectorate officially put the new logistics equipment trolley into operation (costs: around 180,000 euros).
In addition to six seats, the vehicle offers modular roll containers that can be flexibly equipped for all possible application scenarios - for example for combating oil spills, traffic safety or with hose material.
The week before, fire brigade commander Karl Thoma had presented the "GW-L1" vehicle to the municipal council - accompanied by some urgent requests to the committee.
Egmating fire brigade: A third commander for the transitional period
He has been cashier for 37 years and second commander of the Egmating fire brigade for 22 years.
Now Christian Genseder (56) is a little shorter.
"It's not bad when the younger ones take over," he says of his retirement as commander.
He remains on active duty.
"You can help," he says about what excited and continues to inspire him about volunteering in the fire service.
"And the camaraderie!" Now he wants to spend more time with his wife Tanja - and pay attention to his health.
Because 300 to 400 hours of part-time volunteer work a year is fun, but can still be stressful.
© PETER KEES
The Egmatinger councilors unanimously approved the position of a 3rd commander for the forthcoming transitional period.
This year, Second Commander Christian Genseder (56) is stepping down from his post after 22 years, but will remain on active duty (see box).
In 2029, 1st commander Karl Thoma will reach the age limit for active fire service service of 65 years.
So that the successors - according to reports there are two promising candidates - can groove in, the additional commander's post will be created.
Both posts will be elected in April.
Addition to the team: the old multi-purpose vehicle remains.
There is not only an increase in personnel in the commandant's office, the team is also experiencing a lively influx - in the Corona year 2020 there were about a whopping ten more volunteer rescuers.
This was accompanied by the commander's second urgent appeal: The fire brigade would keep the old multi-purpose vehicle, which should actually have been replaced by the logistics equipment truck, Thoma announced at the municipal council meeting.
The reason is that the new car only has six seats, while the old one has eight.
"Imagine, the siren goes off at three in the morning, people come to the equipment house and some cannot come along," explained the fire chief.
"Then no one will come.
We as the fire brigade and you as the municipal council cannot afford that.”
More people, more vehicles: Egmating fire brigade would like more space
This makes it tight on the fire brigade site, Thoma continues.
The walkways of the rescuers in front of the building meant "a huge potential risk" in the event of an emergency.
"We won't get a new fire station for the next 20 to 40 years, that's clear," he said, looking at the burdened Egmatinger municipal treasury.
But maybe the community could relocate the building yard with which the military currently shares the site.
At the moment, one of the supporters of the Egmatinger volunteers has to be parked on private property – that is not feasible in the long run.
Thoma suggested creating an additional parking space on the site, possibly with a basement.
Municipal shared flat: This area at Münchener Strasse 38 is shared by the volunteer fire department and the Egmating building yard.
The fire brigade commander is promoting relocating the building yard for more space for the rescuers.
© Stefan Rossmann
The wishes put forward by the commander were initially intended to be informative for the municipal council; there was no resolution.
Mayor Inge Heiler (ABE) signaled understanding for the concerns and announced that she would explore possible options.
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