Saxony-Anhalt: The fire brigade is critical of the short service in civil protection

Magdeburg (dpa/sa) - The head of the Saxony-Anhalt State Fire Brigade Association, Kai-Uwe Lohse, is critical of the idea from the Ministry of the Interior to introduce voluntary service in civil protection.

Saxony-Anhalt: The fire brigade is critical of the short service in civil protection

Magdeburg (dpa/sa) - The head of the Saxony-Anhalt State Fire Brigade Association, Kai-Uwe Lohse, is critical of the idea from the Ministry of the Interior to introduce voluntary service in civil protection. "Actionism is a bad advisor," he said when asked by the German Press Agency. There are already entry opportunities for people who are interested in volunteering. You have to keep working on that. "Joining in somewhere for a few weeks is useless." The fire brigade is too badly positioned to look after such "brief appearances," he said.

Saxony-Anhalt's Minister of the Interior, Tamara Zieschang (CDU), recently introduced voluntary service for all 35 to 60-year-olds in civil protection. According to Zieschang, the volunteer fire brigades or the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) would be suitable for this. "This voluntary service could last a total of four to six weeks and be completed in stages over several years," the ministry said. Those who are already doing voluntary work in the relevant areas would be exempt from the service.

According to the minister, the voluntary service is intended to teach skills for dealing with disasters and thus strengthen fire and disaster protection in the long term. Society can "become more capable of acting and more resilient in crisis situations," said Zieschang.

In addition to the push, Zieschang suggested improving the population's first-aid skills. "Every adult should therefore refresh their knowledge with a first-aid course regularly, i.e. about every five years," said the minister. The practical knowledge gained from the first-aid courses not only helps in the event of major disasters, but also in everyday life, for example in the event of a traffic accident or if a neighbor faints on a hot summer's day. Employers could make corresponding offers to their employees.

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