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Old 25.08.2008, 13:54
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Fire Brigade Service



I opened my post this morning to be plagued by orange slips.

Granted its the end of the month and as expecting i found my dentist bill as well as my health insurance.

But to my suprize i also got a bill from the local council for CHF 100.

At further investigation with my awful German and also the aid of babelfish its basicly what one pays for a year if they do not do their Fire Brigade Service.

So I rang the council and asked what is actually involved, and they told me that once a month one is required to meetup and do some sort of fire training.

This was sounding interesting as I have some training from my school days with the CCF (Combined Cadet Force) and really enjoyed it.

But here is the problem, I have to register from 1st of July and because I did not register before then I have to ay the CHF100. Todays letter and invoice is the first I have heard about this and as you can imagine I am slightly annoyed that I have no choice in the matter. I did ask if it was possible to sign up to this and then in September maybe do 3 days to catch up…….the lady was not able to help me, I have to wait till after lunch to speak to someone else.

Im not sure how it happens in other cantons/towns, but if anyone is interested with the ins and outs i can scan and put up a copy of the details (its in german).

I will update you after lunch on my progress.

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Old 25.08.2008, 13:58
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Can a mod please correct my spelling in the title of the thread....

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Cheers for the title change Nathu....
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Old 25.08.2008, 16:04
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At further investigation with my awful German and also the aid of babelfish its basicly what one pays for a year if they do not do their Fire Brigade Service.

So I rang the council and asked what is actually involved, and they told me that once a month one is required to meetup and do some sort of fire training.

This was sounding interesting as I have some training from my school days with the CCF (Combined Cadet Force) and really enjoyed it.
As far as I know, only a minority of Swiss municipalities have a fire brigade tax. And even in these communes, most inhabitants aren't member of the auxiliary fire brigade.

I don't know how CCF compares to the fire brigade. The auxiliary firefighters get training that enables them to work with actual fire (tm), respirators, fire engines, and to give first aid. So the firefighter in your photo might well be a member of a Swiss auxiliary fire brigade. It's one of my hobbies, it takes up 10 evenings per year for exercising, plus courses, emergencies and various social activities and it also pays a little. The number of emergencies depends on the region (here in Zurich city the professionals manage most of it and it's just a couple per year for us) and you won't see the same amount of action at every alert because the auxiliary fire brigade acts as part of a whole – I've had everything by now from mere observation jobs after the main fire has been extinct, to flames bursting through the roof... and pumping out cellars during floods.

In my opinion it's worth a try if you're not totally unathletic or unable to understand the local language. The good thing is that most local fire brigades have a website by now, so maybe take a look?
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Old 26.08.2008, 00:22
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Re: Fire Brigade Service

I received a similar invoice from my Gemeindehaus a few months back for 280 chf. I thought that was unusually high. Though my town (Schleitheim) has the highest taxes in canton Schaffhausen, so I've heard.
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Re: Fire Brigade Service

I think I might even pay 100 CHF for playing a fireman
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Phwoar - I'd pay CHF100 to watch my hubby pretend to be a fireman - hurrah for kinky uniform fantasies!!
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Old 26.08.2008, 01:08
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Re: Fire Brigade Service

Maybe I should start renting out my uniform.

(Will rent the car too if you promise there won't be emergencies in the rental period )

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Old 26.08.2008, 07:32
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Maybe I should start renting out my uniform.

(Will rent the car too if you promise there won't be emergencies in the rental period )

Off topic, but... Truck 42. Awesome!
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Re: Fire Brigade Service

Zug gives you the option of being a firefighter or paying 100 francs per year. Every adult has this option but one parent gets an exemtion when you have kids.

However you need to work in Zug and be able to attend the many false alarms / trainings per year, so I just paid the 100 francs. When I lived near UBS I saw them all meeting there at least 5 times a year. No fire engines or eye candy though
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Old 26.08.2008, 11:16
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Re: Fire Brigade Service

I don't know about that Marie, we went to Oberwil school fete last year and the fire service were there. Rather a lot of ding dongs........................
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Old 26.08.2008, 11:24
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Re: Fire Brigade Service

One of whom works in the same office as me .

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Re: Fire Brigade Service

What is Swiss for,

"Pugh, Pugh, Barney, McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb?"

and then there's

"Trumpton Station! Captain Flack speaking! Cat stuck in a tree Madam? We're on our way!".

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I don't know about that Marie, we went to Oberwil school fete last year and the fire service were there. Rather a lot of ding dongs........................
Perhaps they were the real fire brigade and not the locals getting out of paying the 100 francs.
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Re: Fire Brigade Service

No, they were the volunteers. I don't think Oberwil has a 'real' fire brigade. Not all of them were lookers though, there were a few who were challenged in that department.Completely off topic, myself and five friends once convinced some scandinavian men that we were firefighters and our names were 'Pugh, Pugh, Barney Magrew.......' can't remember which country they were from but obviously not the sharpest tools in the shed, we were all wearing nurses uniforms having just finished work.
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Old 26.08.2008, 14:20
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Re: Fire Brigade Service

Apparently Zug only has one kind of voluntary formations. These are then organised to be ready around the clock. (Please take note that not the entire brigade answers to small alarms)

The Oberwil brigade has a good website. Even a protocol of their operations!

I like how they're not shy about showing the more banal missions, like the second latest. "Ma'am, your bird is in safe hands now."
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"Trumpton Station! Captain Flack speaking! Cat stuck in a tree Madam? We're on our way!".

MMM let me try...

Trumpton Stationli! Kapitän Flacchhhhh sprechhhha!!! S´Chatz i d´Bäumli steccccchhhhhegebliba?? Mir gäät soforrt!!!
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Re: Fire Brigade Service

oh. i think i got my first fireman service payslip today (just moved to a small gemeinde). i didn't realise i had an option to play fireman.

has anyone done this and know what is involved? it's got to be more fun than paying 100chfs, right?
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Re: Fire Brigade Service

Can't help you there, but I would also love to get a bit of training, play fireman, and even get to know some of the people in my town who do it.

Since we're planning to stay in Switzerland for good I think Fire Brigade is one of the most interesting ways to participate in some local community service. I do want to do some sort of community service, but I don't really feel like folding clothes or collecting "altpapier".
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Can't help you there, but I would also love to get a bit of training, play fireman, and even get to know some of the people in my town who do it.
i was thinking along the same lines. get fit and get to know a few people in the village.
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