Franconian switzerland: fire brigades prevent inferno of flames

Franconian Switzerland: Fire brigades prevent inferno of flames

A large contingent of over 200 firefighters from 15 fire departments from Pegnitz in the district Bayreuth to Thuisbrunn in the district Forchheim as well as further task forces of the technical welfare organization (THW) Kirchehrenbach, the Malteser emergency service Waischenfeld and farmers from the market Goessweinstein prevented on early Tuesday evening a flame inferno with the Goessweinsteiner local part Moschendorf, when there a Miscanthus field (Chinaschilf) caught fire and burned shortly after ablaze. The flames threatened with the surface fire on adjacent fields and forests to overreach. This could be prevented according to employment leader, the Gobweinsteiner fire-brigade commander Marcel purpose, only by the fast intervention of the fire-brigades and the farmers with enormous liquid manure barrels full fire-fighting water. According to report of the police inspection Ebermannstadt an attentive walker had communicated on Tuesday evening the fire in the approximately 600 square meter large elephant grass field. In addition to numerous other water-carrying fire engines – among others from Pegnitz, Pottenstein and Ebermannstadt – even the turntable ladder from Waischenfeld and the fire department Kirchenbirkig with its drone were requested to observe the source of the fire above Behringersmuhle from the air.

Emergency call in the municipal council meeting

Quite importantly and crucially for the firefighting was however the fast acting of local councillor Josef Neuner (BMG), when during the current market municipality meeting in the “house of the guest” in Goessweinstein on the radio message receiver of mayor Hanngorg Zimmermann (BMG) the emergency call with the wording “large open space fire with Moschendorf” came in. Mayor Zimmermann interrupted the ongoing budget discussion for ten minutes and Neuner immediately called his sons in Etzdorf, who then came with two tractors with an 8000 and a 16.000 liters of water holding liquid manure barrel on the way to Moschendorf made. This was a huge stroke of luck, as the initially arriving tank fire engines – from Gobweinstein, Kleingesee and Ebermannstadt, among others – would not have brought in these quantities of extinguishing water. From a hydrant in Moschendorf from several fire departments – among other things the fire department Tuchersfeld – a hose distance up the mountain was built up, but this extinguishing water would have been hardly sufficient, in order to bring the fire so fast and effectively under control. During the market town council meeting it was exactly 19.3 p.m., when the emergency call from the operations center arrived on Mayor Zimmermann’s radio message receiver. As the farmer from Moschendorf, who owns the field with the harvestable Chinese reed, which is also called elephant grass, reported a little later, he was informed that there was a fire in his field. He immediately drove up the mountain with his motorcycle and a hand-held fire extinguisher, but had no chance to extinguish the fire. He then immediately called the fire department emergency number 112. Initially, only the base fire department Gobweinstein and surrounding smaller fire departments such as Behringersmuhle or Unterailsfeld were alerted. Gobweinsteins commander Marcel purpose acted however immediately after arrival and released a large-scale alarm, which had as consequence that gradually 15 fire-brigades – from upper and Unterailsfeld, Behringersmuhle, Gobweinstein, Muggendorf, Pottenstein, Waischenfeld, Pegnitz, Ebermannstadt, Kirchenbirkig, Kersbach, Tuchersfeld, Kleingesee and Thuisbrunn – arrived. “Only through this massive deployment of firefighters and with the help of the farmers with the liquid manure barrels was it possible to bring this wildfire under control so quickly and prevent much worse.”, said Purpose. The farmer sees it exactly the same way and thanks all emergency forces for this quick assistance. Inexplicable is for him, how it could come at all to this fire. The damage caused is about 1000 euros, according to the police report. The police Ebermannstadt took up the investigation to the fire cause and asks the population for references. Nobody was injured in this wildfire. Against 20..At 45 o’clock Marcel Zweck gave the all-clear: fire extinguished. One by one the individual fire departments could leave again.

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