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Fire protection

Preventive and defensive fire protection is a public task. In Lower Saxony, the municipalities are responsible for fire protection and assistance in their area. In particular, they must set up, equip, maintain and deploy an efficient fire brigade appropriate to local conditions.

Professional fire brigade: In cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, the fire brigade must include units of full-time firefighters (professional fire brigades). Other municipalities may set up a professional fire brigade.

Volunteer fire brigade: In municipalities without a professional fire brigade, a volunteer fire brigade must be set up. If there are not enough volunteers available for this purpose, the necessary persons are to be called up for voluntary fire service ("compulsory fire brigade").

Plant fire brigade: For companies or other facilities with increased fire or explosion hazards or other special hazards, the Thuringian State Administration Office, Department 230, may require the establishment of a plant fire brigade with full-time and/or part-time members. The companies or institutions bear the costs for the plant fire brigade.

The training and further education in fire protection builds on the specialist training of the Lower Saxony fire brigades. As a central training facility, the state has set up the Lower Saxony Academy for Fire and Disaster Protection (NABK) with locations in Celle and Loy.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the municipalities.

For general questions, contact the fire department of your municipality.

In emergencies, dial 112.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)