Our company history
In 1994 we started a test at the INTERSchutz fire protection fair in Hanover. As the "International Fire Brigade Badge", we introduced textiles with a red stripe to Germany for the first time. We have always liked the French firefighters. So we thought it was something for German firefighters. Then not the stick "SAPEUR-POMPIER" but just "FIRE DEPARTMENT". The demand at the fair was huge, the original goods from France (approved by the French Ministry of the Interior as fire fighting clothing) were sold out in no time. That was when the idea to found the company was born.
In 1995 more and more customer orders came in. At home everything was packed up on the living room table. We got the boxes from the grocery stores, which were ready to take away. They wanted to get rid of them, we could use them again for shipping. This year we offered fire service trips to the New York fire service for the first time under the company name "Paradise Travel" as a sister company. We were Germany's first fire brigade tour operator to the FDNY - Fire Dept. City of New York. Here, too, the target group were firefighters.
1996 Little by little we won more customers with "Feuerwehrabzeichen International" and thus created a few jobs. Orders came by postcard or letter and everything had to be entered into the EDP by hand. That has of course changed, but we still have nice employees who take care of the order processing and always have an open ear for our customers.
Packaging recycling: We got a box shredding machine to shred the supplier boxes, which were all larger than our shipping boxes, in order to get filler material. As a result, the cardboard boxes were used twice in an environmentally friendly way.
1997 That year we offered trips to the Honolulu Fire Dept for the first time. at. We were Germany's first fire brigade tour operator to Hawaii.
1998 The product range had become so extensive that we had to move from a small rented basement apartment to a small hall. Here we could expand and get decent shelves. Since we didn't just offer fire department badges, we changed our name to “fire department dispatch”. The name reflected the content of our company. Now the time of the internet began. When the company was founded, that didn't exist yet, neither webshops nor Facebook. Hard to believe, Marc Zuckerberg was only 10 years old at the time ...
In 2000 there was a little trouble with the company name, because we naturally strived for the Internet and secured the domain "feuerwehrversand. Com" without realizing that a friendly other company, trading as "Versandhaus des Deutschen Feuerwehrverband e.V." "feuerwehrversand.de" had itself protected. The little dispute ended in the district court and finally we thought, now we are going to get going, like in Formula 1 and secure and the domain "feuer1.de" short and sweet and quick, like the fire brigade. The company name was changed to "Feuerwehr Versand Friesenheim" so that there is no longer any confusion (it still happens from time to time) and we immediately registered in the commercial register and are now e.K. = "registered merchant".
In 2001 the shock for all of us when, while working in the media, we saw the two towers collapse in New York City. With the travel company we visited the local fire department three weeks later with a tour group consisting of German fire fighters, attended funerals of FDNY fire fighters in New York City, hugged the comrades there and tried to console them. A terrible life event.
The first edition of the "Original German Fire Brigade Women's Calendar" was more pleasing. A product from our company. The idea came from Florida, where such a calendar had been around for a long time. So why not offer something like this in Germany with real firefighters. This calendar is still around today and will continue to be ...
Packaging offensive: We found a new source for our filling material. The articles have to be securely packaged for transport. We no longer shredded the old cardboard boxes, but got the leftovers on the large paper rolls that are used in printing shops. This way, the printing works got rid of their unusable leftovers and we got top filling material. To this day we do not use any plastic air cushions as filling material. Sustainable and natural raw materials.
2002 We start as an IHK training company for "merchants in wholesale and foreign trade".
2007 We offer PayPal as a payment option in the shop. This is still used today.
2008 We participate in the RESY take-back system so that paper and cardboard can be returned to the recycling cycle. Environmental
utz is important to us.
2009 WE improve our webshop and from this year we are Trusted Shop certified. So that shopping remains safe for our customers.
2010 We apply for ISBN numbers for our calendars for the first time. We can be seen for the first time on Facebook at Feuer1.de and post interesting things there from time to time
2012 We are Germany's first fire brigade tour operator to Paris to the fire brigade there, the B.S.P.P. Brigade de sapeurs-pompiers de Paris
We are assigned "global location numbers" (EAN numbers), with which our own products can be identified worldwide
2014 Uups - we've been around for 20 years. But as time goes by .....
2015 We are Germany's first fire brigade tour operator to the Chicago Fire Dept .. Of course because the series CHICAGO FIRE was on TV ...
2016 The internet business is getting bigger and faster. We put our 16-page four-color brochure, which has been published in the fire brigade magazine for many years, in the middle of the magazine. The circulation was 85,000 copies six times a year. That was a lot of paper and ink. It didn't go on like this. Our customers are on the Internet, they really don't have to cut down a tree anymore! Saving paper = protecting the environment!
In 2018 it is called e-commerce in new German. The Chamber of Industry and Commerce now allows us to train in the brand new apprenticeship "merchant / clerk in e-commerce".
2019 To top it off, FEUER1 became a trademark at the beginning of the new year and is accordingly registered with the Patent and Trademark Office. This year is also the silver anniversary, we are turning 25. We have been on the market for the fire service for 25 years and we are happy for our customers.
2020 Our company headquarters is in the Ortenau district, where the famous Bollenhut comes from. Right - the Black Forest! With our new product line and the Black-Forest-Store.de we show that Black Forest people love their home and are proud of it. Made in the Black Forest.
THW members can now find interesting articles for themselves at THW112.de.
More payment methods have been added: AmazonPay, ApplePay, credit card and many more.
After Facebook, we are also starting on Instagram at FEUER1.de. Just take a look.
2021 Already over 1,000 subscribers on Instagram - wow! We offer other payment methods: purchase on account, Bancontact, eps, iDeal, giropay. With the blue light models there is now a selection option according to vehicle manufacturers, model manufacturers and federal states - this simplifies the search for a special model from over 1,000 models on offer. We have added POLICE textiles.
=> it remains exciting!
Our company headquarters - the hall with the red roof.
ATTENTION: What is very important to us: We want to offer our customers quality in the textile sector. What you wear directly on your skin is certified by our company Oeko-Tex 100, we oppose any child labor. We process high-quality goods, employ our employees at reasonable wages and also say that this has its price. There will be no "cheap" with us! We want you to be able to wear our textile articles for years to come.
We are now on the Internet, famed for in the fire department dispatch department Friesenheim and can be found on the Internet at:
www.feuer1.de / com / net / org
but also the special shops:
On Facebook at: feuer1.de
We are registered as a "registered businessman" in the commercial register.
We have been a training company for "wholesale and foreign trade merchants" since 2001
and of course prefer to employ firefighters.
From 2018 we are allowed to train the new apprenticeship "Kfm./Kff. In E-Commerce".
Owner: Graduate in business administration Reiner Graupe
directeur de la publication: Reiner Graupe