Ms. Rzyski, among many other things you are responsible for the local fire services. How do you see this area of the public service and the profession in general?
Being Councilor for fire services is a real highlight for me. I am always impressed by the high intrinsic level of motivation and sense of calling shown by fire professionals and the voluntary fire brigade. These are extremely useful characteristics to have, because today’s fire services require not only high-level technical expertise but also a genuine interest in human welfare.
The key to a well-functioning fire service is a combination of professionalism and passion. No other part of the public service sector has to deal with as many emergency situations and requires as much ongoing training in order to maintain its ability to respond quickly and efficiently.
To be fit to the point and prepared for very different occasions, even if some competencies have not been called upon for a long time - I have the greatest respect for this.
Hannover will also host the German Firefighting Convention next year. What makes Hannover the right venue for this event?
On the one hand, because we simply love to be hosts. We have a lot of experience with major national and international events. And we are very pleased to be able to prove our qualities for this special event. With heart and competence Hannover will become the "World Fire Brigade Capital"!
On the other hand, our city has a very good infrastructure in the city centre, so that an event can be experienced in the heart of the city. Moreover, it’s been exactly 40 years since Hannover last hosted the German Firefighting Convention, so it’s quite an important anniversary.