Being used to precarious situations as an IT specialist is nothing special. But it is unusual for a computer
freak to be able to rescue people from flames and disoriented paragliders from trees as well as deleted data records.
For around 14 years Christopher has been taking care of the digital network and safety in the companies of the Krah Group. Even longer he is ‚on duty ‘at the local fire brigade. At the age of 10 (back in 1998) he became a member of the youth fire brigade. Later, he joined the team of the voluntary fire brigade in his hometown Weitefeld. The task in the service of the fire brigade is a passion in honorary office. This means that Christopher makes a large part of his private free time available, both for training and for the actual emergencies, without fee.
Volunteering is important and needed
The Krah Group supports these activities fully. If Christopher is called to an emergency, he can immediately leave his office workstation to drive to the operations centre. Also, for trainings, which might last from 1-14 days, he is released from his tasks at Krah.
Christopher at work
For Thomas Bednorz, the CEO at the KAT GmbH since 2016, this is a matter of course: "Without the honorary office and the achievements of the voluntarily activity many areas of our society would not function", says Bednorz. At a time when soft skills are playing an increasingly important role in job hunting, companies like to make use of members of volunteer organisations, especially those in the fire brigade, teamwork and leadership skills are particularly trained here. Christopher had to leave for several operations 30 times in the past 3 years. From building and forest fires, person searches, traffic accidents and environmental catastrophes to retrieve dead bodies, everything was included.
Christopher about his volunteering work in the fire brigade:
My most interesting operation:
"That was a big building fire, there were 6-7 fire brigades with over 90 people and several others from the DRK (German Red Cross) mission. At 3 o'clock in the night the fire started, and the firefighting lasted until 9 o'clock in the morning. The inhabitants had luckily noticed the fire early enough and were able to save themselves in time."
My most dangerous operation:
"The most dangerous (and the most interesting) is to actually go into burning buildings under breathing protection – virtually, you see nothing, because everything is filled with smoke and you can only hear the fire "working" around you. But you are always taught to pay attention to self-protection and if it becomes too dangerous you have to retreat."
Mitsch, KAT GmbH