Hæderstegn for God Tjeneste i Brandvæsnet
The Fire Department Long Service Medal


Official abbreviation: Ht.B.

Instituted July 29th 1903 by King Christian 9th. (Copenhagen and Frederiksberg)
Instituted December 5th 1973 by Queen Margrethe 2nd. (The rest of Denmark)

Awarded to persons who have been a member of the local (municipal) firedepartment for 25 years. Awarded to both volunteers, part-time (retained/on call) and full-time firefighters.


Design: The medal is worn in a bright yellow ribbon. Fire Brigades outside Copenhagen use a medal with a more modern image on the obverse. The modern medal contains a large fire-helmet covering a crossed axe and nozzle (As seen in the middle of the obverse on the old design).
A silver oak leaf device may be added to 40 years of service and a gold device for 50 years.

Other information:The Copenhagen and Frederiksberg Firebrigades have their own medal.
Persons with a dual membership of both the Civil Defense and the Municipal Firebrigade may only be awarded one of the two medals.
Volunteer members of the Civil Defense or supplemental volunteers at a part-time/full-time station are given the Civil Defense equivalent.
Official decree (Danish)
Price: The medals are ordered by the local authority (Normally municipal fire chief) and the order is processed by the Danish Emergency Management Agency (Beredskabsstyrelsen).
The price that the "buyer" pays are as follows:
25 year medal: 693 DKK
40 year medal: 763 DKK
50 year medal: 769 DKK

Futher information about the Copenhagen medal
The Copenhagen medal contains the numbers 1868, 1870, 1895 and 1903 on the obverse (See image below of the medal). These numbers are years that where important dates in the history of the Copenhagen Fire Brigade when the medals was instituted:
1868: Law of the Copenhagen Fire Brigade was created, stating that the Fire Brigade should be established in 1870.
1870: The municipal fire brigade of Copenhagen was created
1895: The "Service Regulations" created - I have no idea what this is..??
1903: The medal was instituted.
Originally the medal was only awarded to firefighters and NCO's, but in 1923 King Christian 10th aprroved the awarding to officers.


Notable recipients:
Firechief Boris Aarnio, Finland. Awarded on July 25th 2000. Boris was the second ever foreigner to recieve the award. Awarded to him due to his prolonged work for the international coorporation between the Nordic Associations of Firechiefs.


Obverse and reverse of the old medal used in Market Towns. See wikipedia about market towns). Image courtesy of Liverpoolmedals.com.


Obverse of the medal (Ole style, outside of Copenhagen). Image courtesy of Medalj.nu.


Obverse and reverse of the medal. Image courtesy of Tommy Kjær.


Opdateret d. 26.7.2014