150 years Swiss Fire Brigade Association

The Swiss Fire Brigade Association was founded 150 years ago. Our special stamp is designed to show gratitude to the 85,000 men and women who work to keep their fellow human beings safe.

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Firefighters in Switzerland are poised day and night to rescue fellow citizens and to avert any loss or damage. Some of these firefighters are of course professionals, but the vast majority of them (over 98%) are from the militia. The Swiss Fire Brigade Association (SFV) represents the interests of these individuals. It provides training and networking, works in public relations and also has substantial dealings with the organization Feuerwehr Koordination Schweiz (FKS), authorities, partner organizations and politicians. The Swiss Fire Brigade Association also aspires to help shape specialized training and transfer knowledge nationwide. This special stamp seeks to reinforce the positive image of the fire brigade. The historical aspect is illustrated with an image from the past: in the foreground, we see a firefighter in modern gear, and in the background, we see a firefighter in a traditional uniform. Firefighters and the service they provide are at the heart of the anniversary. This milestone year, which will include 12 separate events all across Switzerland, is intended as a thank you to all those 85,000 firefighters who provide a service for the public benefit. Two of the anniversary’s highlights include the open day/night, which attracted large numbers of visitors throughout Switzerland back in late August 2019, and the anniversary parade of 150 fire engines, including some vintage vehicles, which is set to be held in the city of Zurich on 10 May 2020.

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For up-to-date information on all the events taking place in the anniversary year, please visit the Swiss Fire Brigade Association website:

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Technical information


Philately: from 27.2.2020 to 31.3.2021 or while stocks last
Branches: from 5.3.2020 to 31.3.2021 or while stocks last


Unlimited from 5.3.2020


Offset, 4-colour; Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe, France


Stamps: 28 × 33 mm
Sheet: 140 × 194 mm (5 rows of 4 stamps)


White stamp paper with optical brightener, matt gummed, 110 gm²




Philipp Gurtner, Berne