Like something out of a picture book: blue skies, blue uniforms and many flags could be seen at the anniversary of the Bachhausen fire brigade, and the celebration also included a wreath-laying ceremony. © Photographer: Andrea Jaksch
The Bachhausen Volunteer Fire Brigade celebrated 150 years on Whit Monday. Mayor Steigenberger praised the commitment, but did not skimp on criticism of the bureaucracy involved in the equipment shed expansion.
Bachhausen/Farchach – On the 100th anniversary of the Bachhausen fire brigade, the sky had opened its floodgates – it may have shed tears of joy. Rupert Monn remembered this 50 years later. The former mayor of Berger was one of the guests of honour when the fire brigade celebrated its 150th anniversary on Whit Monday. This time the sun was shining from the cloudless sky.
The jubilee celebration began with a service in the Farchacher Church. Comrades from neighboring weirs and representatives of the clubs filled the nave. The procession went to the fire station, where the Lüßbach brass band played for a morning pint under the protection of blue umbrellas.
In his ceremonial address, club chairman Christian Wolf reviewed the highlights of the fire brigade's history, which began in March 1873 (we reported). Then as now, the Bachhausen fire brigade had 45 active members. The first fire station was built "on the most beautiful spot" (Wolf) of the then still independent municipality of Bachhausen, in the district of Farchach. And that's where it stayed. The current building dates back to 1987. It is currently being expanded to include another tramline in which the new crew car will be accommodated. In addition to the former mayor, Wolf had previously welcomed his successor Rupert Steigenberger, third mayor Elke Link, members of the municipal council and district fire councillor Helmut Schweickart. He thanked the sponsors of the fire brigade for their support as well as the comrades who had mastered an "enormous upswing" in recent years with the association and the active troops.
This was confirmed by Mayor Steigenberger. The Bachhausen fire brigade has also taken on new challenges. He was pleased about the new emergency generator, which had been donated to the fire brigade, and about the establishment of a drone squadron, which would provide valuable help for the benefit of the East Bank community.
Steigenberger did not skimp on critical remarks. Despite an "incredibly accelerated world", certain requirements would slow down the achievement of the set goal. As an example, the mayor cited the two-year production period for the new fire engine of the Kempfenhausen fire department. Or the amendment of the development plan for the extension of the Fahrgasse to the fire station in Farchach, which took years. "But none of us could have imagined that waiting for a funding decision to finally be able to start construction would take almost a year again," said Steigenberger, remarking comfortingly: "So we can look forward to another festival next year." Then the completion of the extension and conversion of the fire station as well as the inauguration of the crew car will be celebrated.
The mayor combined the municipality's gratitude for the voluntary commitment of the helpers with a wish: "May the fire brigade continue to attract enough active members for its operational readiness in the future and that they will always return healthy and accident-free from their exercises and operations."