(Bückeburg / Illinois, USA) Timo Kelichhaus flew around 1,000 kilometers from Washington, DC to Schaumburg in the US state of Illinois to pay a very special visit to the Fire Department there.
In his luggage he had a jacket from the SEG (Rapid Response Group) Schaumburg of the ASB medical service, for which he has been volunteering in Germany for eight years.
Captain John Steele from Station 51, to whom Kelichhaus presented the jacket, was delighted. “Our guard is already adorned with glasses, sleeve badges or the like from Schaumburg, but nothing is as special as a real jacket from the volunteer medical service from Germany,” he said happily.
The 22-year-old Timo Kelichhaus is currently working as an AuPair with a family in the US capital Washington, DC. He came into contact with the Schaumburg Fire Department through a friend who knew a US police officer from Schaumburg, IL. “I asked the fire and rescue station there if I could visit them and was invited immediately,” says the young man. In addition to his work at ASB, he has also been involved with the Bückeburg volunteer fire department in Schaumburg, Germany for many years.
In contrast to his home country, the emergency services in the USA are operated by the Fire Department. Almost all firefighters are rescue specialists or emergency physicians at the same time.
“I received a very warm welcome and my US colleagues were very interested in my voluntary work in the German fire department and as a paramedic at the ASB in the ‘other’ Schaumburg. They spontaneously invited me to spend part of the shift there and ride on the fire truck. I was dressed appropriately and off we went ”, reports Kelichhaus.
The trained educator will stay in the USA until August 2021. In addition to many new impressions and ideas, he also has a T-shirt and a baseball cap from the Schaumburg Fire Department Station 51 in his luggage. He can already draw a conclusion: “Firefighters and paramedics are similar all over the world. They have the same dark sense of humor and a great love for the job, ”says Kelichhaus with a smile. (pr/Photo: pr)