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Badge of honour for outstanding achievements in fire protection

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The Medal of Honour for Outstanding Achievement in Fire Protection was a state award of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), which was established in one level on 10 February 1983 by the Council of Ministers of the GDR through its chairman Willi Stoph. It served to honor outstanding achievements in the following areas:

  • for exemplary guarantees of fire protection,
  • high bravery in fighting fires while protecting the lives of the citizens of the GDR,
  • in preventing major damage,
  • significant results in the development of fire protection in the GDR as well as
  • international cooperation of fire protection bodies.

The medal itself can be awarded only once to one and the same person or collective, in particular to members and collectives of fire departments. Furthermore, other citizens and collectives, institutions and citizens of other states. The first awarding of the Medal of Honor took place on the occasion of the Day of the People’s Police on July 1, 1984. In addition to the medal, the recipient received a certificate and a financial award, the amount of which depended on his achievements and was not explicitly regulated. In the case of collectives of up to 10 members, each collective member received a certificate together with a medal; in the case of collectives of more than 10 persons, only a medal and a certificate were awarded. Apart from that, other institutions did not receive any financial benefits.

Right to propose

The deputy of the minister of the interior, the head of the main department fire brigade as well as the chiefs of the district authorities of the German People’s Police were responsible for the right of nomination, which should lead to the award of the decoration. The necessary proposals were to be submitted by this group of persons to the Ministry of the Interior by 1 March of a year or immediately after the accomplished service. The final decision, however, rested with the Minister of the Interior and Chief of the German People’s Police. He also awarded the medal, whereby the maximum number of awards was limited to 200 per year.

Appearance and carrying method

The gold-plated medal with a diameter of 35 mm shows on its obverse on a malino-colored inner surface a gold-colored fire department helmet in front of a fire department axe and a jet pipe. The lower edge of the medal forms the national coat of arms of the GDR which is surrounded with gold-coloured oak leaves and reaches over the edge of the medal. The medal itself is underlaid with gold-coloured oak leaves and shows the inscription: FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE IN FIRE PREVENTION. The reverse of the medal is smooth. The medal was worn on a malino-red pentagonal clasp, in which a black-red-gold hem is woven on both sides of the upper left breast. The interim clasp corresponds to the same design, but shows the miniature of the fire helmet together with fire axe and jet pipe in the middle.[1]

Individual references

  1. Regulations on the awarding of the Medal of Honour for outstanding achievements in fire protection of 8 March 1983, printed in the Law Gazette of the GDR Part I, Issue 6 of 8 March 1983, pages 61 and 62