Medal "For Courage in a Fire"

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Medal "For Courage in a Fire"
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Medal "For Courage in a Fire" (obverse)
TypeBravery award
Awarded forLeadership or courage displayed in fire fighting
Presented byFlag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
EligibilityCitizens of the Soviet Union
StatusNo longer awarded
EstablishedOctober 31, 1957
Total32,690
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Ribbon of the Medal "For Courage in a Fire"
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Reverse of the Medal "For Courage in a Fire"
Politician Dmytro Tabachnyk, a recipient of the Medal "For Courage in a Fire" DmytroTabachnyk.jpg
Politician Dmytro Tabachnyk, a recipient of the Medal "For Courage in a Fire"

The Medal "For Courage in a Fire" (Russian : Медаль «За отвагу на пожаре») was a civilian and military state bravery award of the Soviet Union established on October 31, 1957 by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR [1] to recognise deeds of courage and of leadership while fighting fires. The medal's statute was amended on July 18, 1980 by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR № 2523-X. [2] The medal ceased to be awarded following the December 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union, it was replaced in 1994 by the Russian Federation's Medal "For Life Saving" and by ministerial level awards, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry for Emergency Situations both have medals "For Courage in a Fire".

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Medal statute

The Medal "For Courage in a Fire" was awarded to members of the fire service, members of volunteer fire brigades, the military and other citizens:

The Medal "For Courage in a fire" was awarded on behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR or Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of autonomous republics by chairmen, deputy chairmen and members of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviets of union and autonomous republics, the chairmen, deputy chairmen and members of the executive committees of regional, provincial, district and city councils of deputies in the community of the recipient. For military recipients, the award was made by the military chain of command. [1]

Each medal came with an attestation of award, this attestation came in the form of a small 8 cm by 11 cm cardboard booklet bearing the award's name, the recipient's particulars and an official stamp and signature on the inside. [1]

The Medal "For Courage in a fire" was worn on the left side of the chest and when in the presence of other medals of the USSR, it was located immediately after the Medal "For Distinction in the Protection of Public Order". [2] If worn in the presence or awards of the Russian Federation, the latter have precedence. [3]

Posthumous awards of the Medal "For Courage in a fire", or medals awarded to recipients since dead, were to be retained, along with the attestation of award booklet, by the family as a souvenir. [2]

Medal description

The Medal "For Courage in a Fire" was a 32 mm in diameter circular medal originally struck from silver, later examples were struck from silver-plated nickel. It had a raised rim on both sides. On the obverse in the center, the relief image of crossed fire ax and adjustable wrench below a five pointed star. At the bottom, the relief image of the hammer and sickle over laurel and oak branches, along the side and upper circumference, the relief inscription "FOR COURAGE IN A FIRE" (Russian : «ЗА ОТВАГУ НА ПОЖАРЕ»). On the reverse, in the background and to the right, a two storied house on fire, along the left circumference, a laurel branch, at the forefront and to the left, the relief image of a helmeted firefighter carrying a child. [1]

The medal was secured to a standard Soviet pentagonal mount by a ring through the medal suspension loop. The mount was covered by a 24 mm wide red silk moiré ribbon with 3 mm wide blue edge stripes bordered on both sides by 1 mm white stripes. [1]

Recipients (partial list)

The individuals listed below were recipients of the Medal "For Courage in a Fire". [4] [5]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of October 31, 1957" (in Russian). Legal Library of the USSR. 1957-10-31. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
  2. 1 2 3 "Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of July 18, 1980 № 2523-X" (in Russian). Legal Library of the USSR. 1980-07-18. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
  3. "Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of September 7, 2010 No 1099" (in Russian). Russian Gazette. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  4. "List of recipients of the Medal "For Courage in a Fire" compiled from ru.Wikipedia". Russian Wikipedia.Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. "List of recipients of the Medal "For Courage in a Fire" compiled from en.Wikipedia". English Wikipedia.Missing or empty |url= (help)