Global online voting under way for the International Firefighting Team of the Year

Who will win a trip to the FDNY?

Published:  07 October, 2014

Fire brigades from seven different countries are in competition to win the international Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award. Votes can be cast at and the winners will travel to the Fire Departmentof New York (FDNY.

They come from Brazil, France, Iran, Italy, Austria, Romania and Spain, and the ten firefighting teams from seven different countries have fought off stiff competition to be in the running for the international Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award and the title of ‘International firefighting team of the year’.

A jury of prominent experts have selected the ten best missions from entries sent in by fire brigades across the globe. And now it’s time for the world’s firefighting enthusiasts to have their say: from October 3 onwards, people can vote for their favourite missions in a large online ballot at

Every vote cast is also a thank you for the phenomenal dedication shown by firefighters all over the world. Because, as Tobias Knebel from competition organiser for vehicle manufacturer, Magirus explains, this is precisely what the award aims to honour: ‘Firefighters are on the scene 24-hours a day, 365-days a year. They give their all, every time they’re called out, even if it means putting their own lives on the line. With the Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award, we want to raise the public’s awareness of the tremendous contribution firefighters make to society.’

The entries of the ten finalists – who come from Brazil, France, Iran, Italy, Austria, Romania and Spain – are profiled at They consist of an impressive demonstration of the dangers faced by firefighters on a day-to-day basis and include battles against devastating natural disasters, the combating of large and spectacular blazes, and complex and demanding rescue missions.

Once they have chosen their favourites, people have until 19 October to cast their votes – with one click. The three finalists with the most votes will be invited to the awards ceremony, which will be held on November 21 at the Magirus headquarters in Ulm. Only then will the final recipient of the Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award statue be named, and the winning team can look forward to the trip of a lifetime. They will be given the opportunity to fly to New York and see the work of their counterparts from the FDNY up-close. The prize includes flights, accommodation and an exciting programme. The firefighting team of the year will get to see various fire stations, visit the training academy and admire the world’s most cutting-edge fireboat – so priceless moments are guaranteed. 

‘But we can already congratulate all our finalists,’ said Jochen Kanta from Magirus, speaking on behalf of the expert jury. ‘All the entries we received were of such a high standard that the decision was far from easy.’ Alongside Kanta himself, the jury was filled with plenty of other top-notch members: with Michel Bour, General Secretary of the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services (CTIF), Ann-Marie Knegt, Editor of international trade magazine Fire & Rescue and, Christoph Marchal, Deputy General Secretary of the French firefighting association, and Mathias Seyfert, Editor-in-Chief of Die Österreichische Feuerwehr, the official magazine of the Austrian federal firefighting association. These proven experts from the industry brought a wealth of experience to the table when assessing the entries. ‘We are now keeping our fingers crossed for all the finalists and are excited to find out who will take the title home,’ said Jochen Kanta.

You can cast your vote at


The top 10 at a glance:


Austria, Absam


  • Rio de Janeiro fire brigade


  • Centre de secours de Sens fire brigade
  • Haut-Rhin fire brigade
  • Marseilles fire brigade
  • Pompiers de l’urgence international fire brigade


  • Isfahan fire brigade


  • Lampedusa fire brigade


  • Absam fire brigade


  • Ţăndărei fire brigade


  • Foral de Navarra fire brigade 

Iran, Isfahan fire brigade.

  • Operation Florian

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