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International Firefighting Team of the Year

Finalists 2018

Please find below all finalists in the category “International Firefighting Team of the Year” with their operations.

Volunteer Fire Department Kritzendorf (Kritzendorf, Austria)

Persons trapped: An regional and an Intercity train collided

Shortly before 6:00 pm, an alarm was received, which made members of three fire departments shudder. A regional and an Intercity train had laterally collided. The Intercity train had derailed and overturned. More

Corpo de Bombeiros Militar do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

The special mission of the 18th Division: The salvation of a stranded whale

The fire brigade rescued a stranded Humpback whale. It’s the first mammal, on earth, surviving after a rescue. More

Corpo de Bombeiros Militar do Estado do Piauí (Brazil)

Operation Bezerro Dam: The rupture of the dam and flooding

At around 09:00 a.m. the Firefighter Corps Command was informed about the risk of the municipal dam José de Freitas rupturing. The aim was planning and executing search & rescue operations for the populations, which lived adjacent to the reservoir. More

Corpo de Bombeiros da Polícia Militar do Estado de São Paulo (Brazil)

Fire and structural collapse in a multi-storey building in São Paulo

On May 1st, a building collapsed after a fire raged through the edifice and spread to two other structures nearby. After the structure collapsed, the Fire Department began to fight the flames in the rubble and started the search for survivors. More

Dobrovoljno vatrogasno društvo Žrnovnica (Split, Croatia)

The extinguishing of the „Mother of all wildfires”

A wildfire started to move forward in direction of the city of Žrnovnica and Split. In the following days, firefighters battled for every human life and property. More

Hasičský záchranný sbor Libereckého kraje (Liberec, Czech Republic)

Fire at a chemical company

The Fire Department was called to extinguish a fire in Liberec at a chemical production company. This mission is notable not just because of its extreme intensity and the danger for firefighters, but also because its success represents the most extraordinary event of the history of Liberec Fire Brigade. More

Hasičský záchranný sbor hlavního města Prahy (Prague, Czech Republic)

Rescue of people from an historical hotel on fire

A fire coming from the air-conditioning system has been reported at 6:01 p.m. by the hotel receptionist. Once arrived, it was clear to everyone that the fire was much bigger and more dangerous than expected. More

Comando Provinciale vigili del Fuoco Napoli (Naples, Italy)

Ischia island earthquake: rescue of children and new-born baby

On 21st August the I.N.G.V. recorded a seismic shock of magnitude 4.0 with the epicentre lying between Ischia and the Flegrea coast. Rescue operations continued tirelessly after the earthquake. More

Heroico Cuerpo de Bomberos de la Ciudad de México (México)

Rescue and assistance work during the earthquake in Mexico City

On 19 September 2017 a devastating earthquake occurred, measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale, whose destructive potential was magnified because to the proximity of its epicentre with the capital. More

Professional Fire Department Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland)

Major fire at Zurich main station

On the night of Saturday, August 25, a major fire broke at the Zurich main station. The Fire Chief alarmed all the City Fire Departments. More