If you want to do an internship in the emergency service with the Berlin fire brigade, you have to pay. The firefighters demand 1456 euros for a practical experience. The fire service declined to comment further on the regulation.

Paramedics, like medical staff, are generally few and far between. And at least the Berlin fire brigade does not exactly contribute to remedying this shortage of skilled workers so easily. Not only does she not pay her interns any expense allowance, she rather asks them to pay.

“This internship is subject to payment,” writes the capital’s fire department on its website. According to the pay schedule in the fire brigade’s pay decree, prospective paramedics who are already in training have to pay EUR 1,456.00 for their internship. The sum is to be paid before the start of the practical phase. The internship itself lasts 160 hours. According to the fire brigade’s application portal, applicants would have to be prepared for 12-hour shifts.

The state chairman of the CDU Berlin, Kai Wegner, is outraged that prospective medical specialists in the internship reach their physical and mental limits and even have to pay for it. He credits this grievance to the red-green-red coalition. “The SPD, the Greens and the Left must not rip off those who are being trained to save lives,” he says to “Bild” and advocates subsidies for the capital’s fire brigade.

Incidentally, when asked by “Bild”, she did not want to comment directly on the topic raised. The organization wanted to provide a “comprehensive answer” afterwards. According to the tabloid, no response was received a day later.

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