VB firefighters warmly welcome their German firefighting friends; they have STIHL ties; a new Sister City for VB

June 22, 2019

     What started as a bicycle tour across four European cities for 10 German volunteer firefighters recently ended with a stop in Virginia Beach. 

    Our visitors were from the city of Waiblingen, which is in Germany's Stuttgart region. 

     So what's that got to do with Virginia Beach? 

     Plenty. 

     Waiblingen is Virginia Beach's newest "Sister-City" for cultural and business exchanges and it is also the world headquarters for STIHL, which operates a large manufacturing facility in Virginia Beach. 

     There is more to this story and how the Virginia Beach Fire Department became involved in their visit to the "Resort City." 

     One of the 10 German firefighters is employed with STIHL in Waiblingen and since STIHL has been a steadfast corporate partner of the VBFD, they reached out to us to welcome our fellow firefighters from Germany.

 

One of the 10 German firefighters is employed with STIHL in Waiblingen and since STIHL has been a steadfast corporate partner of the VBFD, they reached out to us to welcome our fellow firefighters from Germany. (Photos and information courtesy

of the Virginia Beach Fire Department.)

 

     Their journey through the U.S. began in New York, where they got back on the bicycles to ride through a few other cities along the east coast to solidify the fellowship between firefighters from around the globe and serve as an example of positive cooperation and global citizenship.

     A journey that ultimately led them to Virginia Beach. 

 

Their journey through the U.S. began in New York, where they got back on the bicycles to ride through a few other cities along the east coast to solidify the fellowship between firefighters from around the globe and serve as an example of positive cooperation and global citizenship.

 

     After an official welcome ceremony at the STIHL factory, located off the Lynnhaven Parkway, the German firefighters visited the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center, where they stayed until their recent departure.  They visited Company 11 at the oceanfront.  

     (Art Kohn is a spokesperson for the Virginia Beach Fire Department.)

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