Original German Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) Fire Service Decoration for 25 Years' Service (Silver Grade) post WW2 medal, IN MINT CONDITION IN GENUINE AWARD CASE, INTACT ENAMEL, PERFECT PIN DEVICE, VERY GOOD EXAMPLE WITH STICKPIN
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
Rhineland-Palatinate Silver Fire Service Decoration for 25 years’ service (Silbernes Feuerwehr-Ehrenzeichen für 25 Dienstjahre) - Gilt-edged black enamel cross pattée, with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with a gilt coats of arms of Rhineland-Palatinate the arms of the cross decorated with red enamel gilt-edged flames. The reverse is inscribed ‘FÜR VERDIENSTE IM BRANDSCHUTZ’ (for merit in fire defence). This is the current award for 25 years’ active service in the Fire Service of Rhineland-Palatinate. As usual in Germany, the fire protection decoration is awarded in three stages: 1st stage fire protection award in silver for 25 years active service, 2nd stage Fire protection award in gold for 40-year active duty, 3rd stage fire protection award of honor in gold special stage. While the 1st and 2nd level of the honorary award can receive all members of the volunteer fire brigades, professional fire brigades and recognized fire brigades, the special stage is given to firefighters as well as to other persons who have distinguished themselves by their particularly brave and determined behavior in the fire service.