The Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award was first announced in Germany in 2012 and has been organised on an international level since 2013. The aim of the renowned competition is to increase public awareness of the immense and selfless dedication of the firefighters worldwide who serve the community every day.
Since 2012, we call on our comrades everywhere in the world to compete for the Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award. This involves the most exciting missions, courage, tactics, creative strategy and dedication. We award the prize in three different categories, national and international. We assess not only individual performance, but also teamwork, in particular. And we create a stage for putting the value of each individual fire brigade and fire brigade comrade in the focus of the public eye. The three Award categories are
- International Firefighting Team of the Year
- National Firefighting Team of the Year
- Special Prize for Social Engagement
The competition is named after an individual who was a pioneer in firefighting and who to this day remains a role model for those in the profession all over the world: Conrad Dietrich Magirus. The fireman from Ulm made it his mission to improve safety in firefighting for himself and his peers. He came up with revolutionary missions that went on to receive international attention, such as the turntable ladder, also known as the ‘Ulm ladder’. He founded Magirus over 150 years ago, and the company follows the same spirit today, focusing on the work of firefighters and giving these professionals special recognition with the Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award. If you want to know more about our tradition, read here.
Procedure & Timing
Fire brigades from throughout the world can apply for the Conrad Dietirich Magirus Award. To enter, teams simply need to send us a brief incident report including the most important information about the sequence of events, tactical measures taken and photographs and videos. Fire brigades can apply online or by mail. German Fire Departments apply for the "National Firefighting Team of the Year", international teams apply for the "International Firefighting Team of the Year". The "Special Prize for Social Engagement" is open to both - national and international fire brigade teams.
After the final deadline of the application period, a prestigious jury of experts will assess every entry and will select a list of finalists. The winners of the Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award will subsequently be chosen out of this shortlist by public online vote. Fire brigade and fans from around the world are welcome to pick their favourites from these lists. The highest-ranking finalist's teams will be invited to the award ceremony where the winners of each of the three categories will be official announced.
Schedule of the Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award 2018
Application phase: 07 September 2018 - 11 November 2018 Apply now! Online Voting: 19 December 2018 - 27 January 2019 Award ceremony: 1 March 2019
Terms of participation
Fire brigades from throughout the world can apply for the Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award, including volunteer, professional and factory/industrial fire departments. Interested teams can enter the competition in one of the three following categories:
- National Firefighting Team of the Year (Germany)
- International Firefighting Team of the Year
- Special Prize for Social Engagement
To enter, simply send us a brief incident report including the most important information about the sequence of events, tactical measures taken and at least one photograph or video. You can apply online or by mail. The operation of your fire brigade team must have taken place after 10 October 2016.
More information is available in our terms and conditions.
Where is the Firefighting Team of the Year 2018 from?
Our two juries had a tough time selecting the finalists from the many entries that were sent in. 26 teams were selected to a shortlist of finalists for the public online voting round. Click on the following categories to get to know this year's nominees:
- Finalists - Category "International Firefighting Team of the Year"
- Finalists - Category "National Firefighting Team of the Year"
- Finalists - Category "Special Price for Social Engagement"
Until 27 January 2019, you had the chance to vote for one team in each of the three categories. Now, the combined results of the expert jury selection and the online voting will decide who gets to take home the title and the coveted statue. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony at the Congress Center Ulm (CCU) in Germany on March 1, 2019.
Our event liveticker will provide exciting insights into the programme, take a look behind the scenes and report on the winning teams. It will begin with preliminary reporting on Friday at 2:00 p.m. The liveticker is not only directed at the numerous supporters of the nominated teams who want to follow the action from around the world; everyone – guests or finalists – can become part of the reporting. All contributions posted on Friday in social media like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter under the hashtag #CDMAward will have the chance to appear in the liveticker.
Apply and win a trip to the New York Fire Department!
An emotional awards ceremony, suspense until the final second, an unrivalled ambience and congratulations from colleagues throughout the world - all of this and more awaits the winners of the Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award! The main prize: an unforgettable trip to the world’s most renowned fire department - the FDNY in New York City, as well as the exclusive Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award.
The winners can look forward to a NY sightseeing tour, a visit to the Training Academy "The Rock" on Randall Island and the acquaintance with various fire brigades of NY. The winners of the special prize for Social Engagement will be invited to Ulm to visit the Magirus Excellence Center. They gain unique insights in the production, history and future developments of Magirus.
The Winners Gallery.
São Paulo Fire Department is “International Firefighting Team of the Year 2018”
Brazilian fire brigade received Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award for the outstanding firefighting operation in a high-rise. Award ceremony took place in Ulm with more than 600 guests. Winning team will visit the FDNY.
Italy's fire departments honoured as "International Firefighting Team of the Year 2016"
Earthquake helpers are distinguished for extraordinary performance and teamwork. The formal awards ceremony with more than 700 guests takes place in Ulm, Germany. The National Award goes to Lehrte Volunteer Fire Department.
Brazil defends its title of “International Firefighting Team of the Year”
Rio de Janeiro Fire Department wins the 2015 Conrad Dietrich Magirus Prize. The “White Helmets” are this year's award sponsor and take part at the ceremony in Ulm. The Syrian rescue workers give top three trophies to winning fire department teams from Isfahan (Iran) and Istanbul (Turkey). The Winners visit the world’s largest fire department in New York City.
The winners of the international Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award were announced at the formal award ceremony. The Rio de Janeiro Fire Department from Brazil burned with excitement: the team received first place and can take the coveted award home with them. The Absam Fire Department from Austria was delighted to receive second place, while third place went to the Lampedusa Fire Department in Italy.
The Children's and Youth Fire Brigade of the small town of Bierden near Bremen is the Firefighting Team of the Year for 2013. The Palermo Fire Department was named International Firefighting Team of the Year for 2013. They received their award at a gala event with 600 guests in the Congress Centrum, Ulm. The guests included Olympic champ Lars Riedel and Ulm native Uli Hoeneß, President of FC Bayern Munich.
Awards Ceremony with Olympic champion Matthias Steiner in Ulm. The Firefighting Team of the Year travels to the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Circa 15,000 persons voted online.
Two juries with renowned experts
Two prestigious juries of experts will assess every entry and will select a shortlist of finalists. The national jury will select the shortlist for the "National Firefighting of the Year". The international jury is responsible for the selection of the shortlist for the "International Firefighting Team of the Year". The winners of the Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award will subsequently be chosen out of the shortlists by public online vote. For the upcoming competition the following renowned experts will be part of the jury teams:
- Alfred Bidlingmaier – Manager Magirus Experience Center, Magirus GmbH
- Dr. Roland Demke – Head of "Staatliche Feuerwehrschule Würzburg" (State Fire Academy Würzburg)
- Jan-Erik Hegemann – Editor-in-Chief, "Feuerwehr-Magazin"
- Rudolf Römer – Associate Executive Director "Deutscher Feuerwehrverband e.V." (German Fire Service Association)
- Wolfgang Schäuble – Head of Professional Fire Department Munich, Germany
- Paul Baxter - Commissioner Fire and Rescue New South Wales; President and Board Chair of AFAC
- Michel Bour - CTIF General Secretary
- Danielle Cotton - London Fire Commissioner QFSM
- Markus Görtler - Security Manager Germany Magirus Ulm
- Herrmann Kollinger - Upper Austrian Firefighter Association, Editor „BRENNPUNKT“ and „Fireworld.at“
This year's Conrad Dietrich Magirus Award once again enjoys the support of numerous acclaimed companies:
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How to contact our Award Team.
c/o Agentur Wächter & Wächter
Phone: + 49 89 747242 - 96
Fax: + 49 89 747242 - 60