I may have the privilege (if all my ducks line up) to spend my last semester of college in Germany. In a city called Ingolstadt, north of Munich by 30 miles. One thing I look forward to is traveling the rural towns of Europe. I want to see and learn how they operate in their every day life. Especially when it comes to their small, rural fire departments. As well as their, metropolitan fire departments.
How different is America’s rural volunteer fire departments compared to theirs? Do they use different tactics and structure their fire departments completely different then ours? Really, all I know is they use different, funny looking helmets compared to the traditional American FD helmet. Than again, they probably laugh at ours, or do they? I really look forward to attending a few rural fire department trainings and meetings as an observer (if they allow me) and learning their strengths, weaknesses and even their threats and issues that they deal with.
I truly believe this will give me a better outlook on the fire service on a global scale. Giving me a better understanding and knowledge to this profession/passion. Bringing back to my community and fire department a fresh, diverse perspective on ways we can better operate, perform and prepare for things not just on incidents, but for the organization. So stay tuned, I will share everything I gain and find interesting with you followers on here! I do plan on traveling outside of Europe and all countries on the continent. Broadening my experience and education. This should all begin early October, any advice or experience abroad would be greatly appreciated!