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12 hour break: civilian security guard logs hours of squatting around

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Four hours of work, four hours off or a break: civilian guards criticize the “constant waiting”. Politicians locate a «leadership problem».

Civil protection officer Flurin Conradin is frustrated. The man from Zurich volunteered for the service as a pioneer in 2011 because he wanted to get involved in disasters and emergencies. But often he now has a “break” or “nothing to do” in the refresher courses, which he is asked to attend on at least two days a year.

The excesses that Conradin summarized in a "waiting report": Badi visits on duty; five smoking breaks of up to half an hour each per day; a civilian guard operates the chainsaw while the remaining six watch. He did the math: over three days of work, he had a 12-hour and 8-minute break (see video).

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Ornithology instead of serving

Conradin does not want to accept the "lamentable" conditions any longer and has therefore submitted a petition to parliament in time for the total revision of the civil protection law. Dozens of civil protection colleagues who are also dissatisfied have signed. "A colleague used the working hours to study for his ornithology exam," reports Conradin.

Conradin also documented his everyday civil defense work on Twitter.

The civil protection officials demand that the current minimum number of recurrence days per year be deleted. In addition, WKs should be canceled as soon as there is nothing more to do. “It cannot be that we stand around at the expense of the general public,” says Conradin. The employments are compensated by the income compensation scheme (EO).

Hold WKs only when there is work

Conradin's suggestion: If at all necessary, civilian guards should use the time on one WK day per year and repeat the exercises several times, and if there is a lack of work they should go back to work. "That would relieve the economy and not punish the civil servants with unnecessary waiting." In addition: the civil defense has a recruitment problem. Instead of the necessary 6000 people, only 3700 could be excavated last year. For Conradin, this shows that “the service must become more efficient and attractive”.

In parliament, however, the opposite of cuts in the WK days is currently being discussed: Civilian guards are now to be deployed for at least three days a year so that they can “carry out maintenance work”, “avoid loss of knowledge” and the cadre can gain the necessary “leadership practice”. The law will soon be in the Council of States

The civil defense commander is amazed

At the next meeting of the preliminary security policy commission, Council of States Thomas Minder wants to address the concerns of the petitioners. "If they are called up, they should also do something useful." There are always dead times, even in the army. "But if you just stand around, that's a management problem." He is currently mainly concerned with the declining number of civilian guards. In the Council, therefore, a merger of community service and civil protection will also be debated.

"I am amazed that there are commanders who run such a program," says Franco Giori, civil defense commander himself and vice president of the civil defense association. He expects cadres to fire their people earlier in missions that do not last as long as expected. "I've never sent anyone to the Badi before, but I ended the assignment at noon so that the civilian guards could go back to the employer."

Shortening WK ​​days is not an option

The goal should never be to simply serve time, even when the job is over. But basically reducing the number of WK days is dangerous, adds National Councilor Walter Müller (FDP): "Then we are not prepared in an emergency - and run the risk of not being able to offer the partner organizations and citizens the necessary assistance."

The Federal Office for Civil Protection, which is responsible for training instructors and commanders, is resisting. "The civil defense organizations try to carry out meaningful and appropriate refresher courses and to optimize the training and management standards," says spokesman Kurt Münger. However, certain waiting and idle times are in the nature of the matter and cannot be prevented. The Federal Office is not aware of any accumulation of complaints about "employment problems" in WKs.

The federal government sees no problem for even more idle times in the increase in the mandatory WKs due to the ongoing complete revision of the Civil Protection Act, on the contrary: “The new operations for the benefit of the community - such as support for major events - offer additional opportunities to design WKs sensibly and to assign corresponding tasks To give."