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First Quarter 2015
German Firefighter Visits Pine Mountain

Marcel Czech, volunteer firefighter from Aichtal, Germany, paid a visit to the Pine Mountain Fire Department in August 2014.

For some time, Czech had been planning a trip to the United States and as a firefighter, wanted to visit different fire departments to compare apparatus, threat potentials, and firefighting techniques to those used in Germany.

A very old city dating back to the 15th century and located near Stuttgart, Aichtal has a popular of just under 10,000 residents.

Czech began his fire department visits with the Peachtree City (Georgia) Fire Department where he spent an entire shift at one of the city’s stations. During the 24-hour shift, that particular station was not dispatched to a call.

Czech then visited Pine Mountain, comparing a fire department serving a much smaller community that his own. Despite the disparity in resident population, the tourist venues in Pine Mountain can easily draw over 10,000 people during special events.

Czech was taken for a drive around the department’s primary service area, specifically Callaway Gardens, and allowed to climb the ladder on Quint 1201. One of the most notable differences was in the size of apparatus. Because Aichtal has some very narrow streets, the fire apparatus must have a very narrow and short wheelbase.

The difference in response procedures was noted and Czech was treated to lunch in one of Pine Mountain’s more popular restaurants. He was presented with a Pine Mountain Fire Department shirt, departmental patches, items for his young relatives, and various magazines on firefighting in the United States.

Czech presented Pine Mountain Fire Department with an Aichtal Fire Department shirt, department patches, a magazine on firefighting in Germany, and a booklet on Aichtal Fire Department showing personnel and firefighting apparatus. These items will be placed on display in the fire station.

After leaving Pine Mountain, Czech was heading to New York where he was scheduled to visit more fire departments.

Firefighters represent a close-knit community that easily crosses state, national and international boundaries largely due to the shared experiences.

Czech’s goal is to pursue a career as a full-time firefighter.


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