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    Deutsche Polizei: Feuerschutzpolizei - Fire Protection Police

The Insignia of the German Police

Fire Protection Police

In 1938 fire-fighting organizations throughout Germany were incorporated into the overall police system.  Prior to this time all German fire-fighting groups were organized into independent brigades serving each municipality. The newly created Fire Protection Police (Feuerschutz-polizei) became a branch of the Order Police (Ordnungspolizei) and members were responsible for all fire-fighting related duties in towns or cities large enough to support a fire-fighting unit.  These units were under the direct authority of the local police system which provided greater authority to the fire-fighting brigades.

The size of each Fire Protection Police unit was determined based on the population as well as the general operational area covered. In some cases larger units were established in cities that were heavily industrialized or were determined to be at particular risk for air-raid attacks.  Fire Protection Police played a critical role following the onset of large scale Allied bombing attacks.  Members were responsible for fighting fires both day and night in addition to keeping general order in conjunction with other police units.

In cities that required additional manpower, volunteer fire-fighting units were established (Freiwillige Feuerwehren) to assist the Fire Protection Police.  Both the Volunteer Fire Protection Force and the Fire Protection Police wore uniforms of similar nature including light-weight Fire Protection helmets.  In fact, little changed in overall uniform or headgear save for the addition of the cloth police eagle insignia sewn to the various uniforms worn by fire-fighting personnel.  Prior to incorporation into the Order Police, regular fire-fighting personnel wore standard protective helmets.  These helmets continued to be worn without modification.  The typical helmet was made of light-weight steel with various liner systems.  Most had a metal comb over the crown to help prevent injury from falling debris.  Helmets were outfitted with leather tabs that could accommodate a black leather neck flap.  Helmets were painted satin black.

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