Fire Brigade Long Service Bar for 25 Years
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A rectangular bar constructed of a bronze gilt frame with a red and yellow striped ribbon. The obverse center bears a bar with the coat of arms of Baden and the number "25" on either side, topped with the insignia of the fire brigade (crossed axes topped with a fire helmet). The reverse is plain and bears a pinback. Measuring 36.5 mm x 40.7 mm.
The Fire Brigade Long Service Medal was established under the order of Grand Duke Friedrich I in 1898. It was conferred upon members of voluntary fire departments who distinguished themselves during 40 years of service.
Originally, the only decoration for recognition of service in the fire brigade was the Fire Brigade Long Service Bar for 25 Years. On August 28, 1898 the statue was updated and the Fire Brigade Long Service Medal for 40 years of exemplary service was created. The prerequisite for the medal was to possess the 25 year bar.
In order to receive the award, the recipient must have performed uninterrupted service with the fire department. However, absence due to military service was acceptable. It was awarded once a year on the Duke's birthday.
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