Original German post WW2 Saarland Fire Service & Civil Protection Service Cross - Special Grade, VERY NICE CONDITION, INTACT ENAMEL, PERFECT PIN DEVICE, VERY GOOD EXAMPLE, CONSIDERING THE SIZE OF SAARLAND, THIS IS RATHER A RARE AWARD
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
Saarland Fire Service & Civil Protection Service Cross Special Grade (Feuerwehr- und Katastrophenschutz-Ehrenzeichen Sonderstufe) - Instituted on 4 July 1959 by the then Saarland Parliement by the Prime Minister Hubert Ney for recognition of merits in the field of fire protection. Gilt-edged white enamel cross pattée, with pin device; the face with a gilt coats of arms of Saarland, between the arms of the cross decorated with gold oak leaves, the reverse is plain. This is the current award for 60 years’ active service in the Fire Service or Civil Protection of Berlin. The decoration is awarded in three stages: Silver Grade for 25 years active service, Gold Grade for 35 years active service nd the Special Grade for exceptional deeds. While the Silver & Gold of the honorary award can receive all members of the volunteer fire brigades or civil protection services, the Special Grade is given to persons who have distinguished themselves by their particularly brave and determined behavior. Considering the size of Saarland, this is a rare award.