Hamburg: Expansion of the fire brigade academy: More space for even more junior firefighters

November 18, 2022

In order to be able to effectively meet the challenges of a growing city in the future, Hamburg continues to invest in more personnel and the expansion of the infrastructure of the police and fire services. This also applies in particular to the training operations. While the new building of House A of the Police Academy is in the process of completion, on Friday the foundation stone was laid for no less than two new buildings of the Fire Brigade Academy on Bredowstraße.

There, the existing two-storey main building will now be supplemented by a four-storey auditorium building with additional office space. In addition, a modern three-storey training building is being built for the future practical training of emergency paramedics. This will significantly expand the academy operations of the Hamburg Fire Brigade in terms of space and create a modern training environment for future emergency paramedics for both theoretical and practical training. The construction work is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. The costs for the expansion are around 30 million euros.

The new construction of the three-storey, almost square training building for practice-related teaching will be accessible on around 608 m². The ground floor houses the functional areas of a rescue station for exercises in real-life operations. These include a vehicle hall for four ambulances and a separate disinfection room with adjoining side rooms. Two staircases and a barrier-free lift make the two upper floors accessible, where the simulation rooms for practical handling of patients are located – including meeting rooms, storage and technical areas.

Senator of the Interior Andy Grote: “With the expansion of the Fire Brigade Academy, we are bringing together all training and further education activities at a central location and thus creating significantly improved and future-oriented framework conditions for practical training. The professional preparation of our many new junior staff is the prerequisite for the reliable and first-class work of our fire brigade. We will continue to need a fire brigade that can effectively meet the challenges of a growing city. The many new colleagues we are currently training are important reinforcements that we can make good use of in the service for Hamburg.”

Dr Christian Schwarz, Head of the Hamburg Fire Brigade: “With the extension to our Fire Brigade Academy, we are laying the foundation stone today for ensuring that the training and further education opportunities for our colleagues remain strong. Optimal conditions for teaching and learning are to be created here in order to be best prepared for the increasing demands of our growing city. We invest in education with excellent quality and ultimately in the future of all of us.”

Martin Görge, Managing Director Sprinkenhof GmbH: “In order to align and enable the training of future emergency paramedics with changing requirements, partly due to climate change, a modern teaching and training building is essential for the city of Hamburg. It is all the more important to offer state-of-the-art technology, special building protection and modern, user-friendly premises with sufficient space and state-of-the-art equipment, also with regard to future challenges in infection control. We thank all those involved for the good cooperation and wish a successful and accident-free construction process.”

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