Status: 25.09.2023, 07:02 a.m.
By: Stephan Müller-Wendlandt
Noble Spumante from Martina for "Martina": Martina Pleyer, wife of the Herrsching commander Daniel Pleyer (2nd from right), christened the district's new disaster control boat on Saturday. Among others, District Administrator Stefan Frey, Mayor Christian Schiller and Member of the State Parliament Dr. Ute Eiling-Hütig were present. © Photographer: Andrea Jaksch
"Martina" replaces "Elfi". After 37 years in operation, the previous disaster control boat of the district of Starnberg had been retired. The replacement received the ecclesiastical and secular blessing on Saturday in Herrsching.
Herrsching – Martina Pleyer, the wife of the Herrsching fire brigade commander, was not stingy with baptismal water. As godmother, she showered the county's new disaster control boat from a magnum bottle with plenty of sparkling wine on Saturday. What is right for the champions on the Formula 1 Tour – the winners pop the corks with Spumante from the Ferrari Fratelli Lunelli sparkling wine and wine cellar – is just cheap for a boat christening on Lake Ammersee. In addition, the people of Herrsching have a special connection to the location of the winery. It is located on the outskirts of Ravina, the partner municipality of the Ammersee metropolis. The godmother christened the boat with her first name Martina and wished him "always a good voyage and more than a hand's breadth of water under the keel".
Mayor Christian Schiller spoke of a prudent selection of the godmother. Martina Pleyer is not an active member of the fire brigade, "but she knows what it means to be an active firefighter". For this reason, she has taken on the role of sponsor on behalf of all partners of firefighters. It is only thanks to the support of the partners that the active troops of the Wehr can perform well. Schiller recalled the long road from the application for a new disaster control boat to its approval as well as the awarding of the contract and completion.
Promise kept: At the ceremony for the 150th anniversary, District Administrator Stefan Frey had promised the festive society that when the boat would finally be there after all the effort it had cost in the run-up to the procurement, "I promise you, then I'll jump into the lake with Mr. Pleyer and into the lake - naked". That's how it was. However, behind closed doors. © Private
Former district administrator Karl Roth had initiated the replacement procurement during his term of office. It was a wise decision to station the new boat again at Lake Ammersee: "For decades, our firefighters have proven that they can handle the device." Before the baptism, Pastor Ulrich Haberl had blessed the boat. Addressing the assembled active members of the fire brigades from Herrsching and Breitbrunn, he said "how good it is when strong people are there. People who help others are a blessing."
The round of speeches was opened by District Administrator Stefan Frey. The procurement of the boat was not an easy act, he said. "It took a lot of effort." In the end, it became a joint effort. The financing was provided by the district (100,000 euros), the municipality (30,000 euros) and the Free State (86,000 euros). District Fire Commissioner Helmut Schweickart was satisfied "that the replacement procurement is finally through". The disaster control boat is an important part of the emergency response in addition to the second boat, which is stationed in Tutzing.
Commander Pleyer presented the technical side of "Martina", which is used on Lake Ammersee, Lake Starnberg, Lake Pilsensee, Lake Wörthsee and Lake Weßlinger. The new class of multi-purpose boats has increased the operational value enormously, he said. Thanks to the powerful six-cylinder diesel engine with 270 hp, the boat is ideally suited for use on the lake, especially in rough water. The aluminum hull offers space for ten people. The bow flap would make it easier to bring patients and equipment on board and carry out work on the waterline without danger. The driver's cab is equipped with digital aids such as echo sounders, navigation and nautical charts. When driving at night, a searchlight can be used, which has a range of 1200 meters. The water cannon works in firefighting with a capacity of 600 liters per minute. The ceremony was musically framed by members of the Herrsching brass band.