[Tagging] emergency=lifeguard

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Tue Jun 19 08:23:30 UTC 2018

2018-06-18 18:03 GMT+02:00 Tobias Wrede <list at tobias-wrede.de>:

> Am 11.06.2018 um 23:09 schrieb Graeme Fitzpatrick:
> Had a look at https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasserrettungsstation & it's
> a purely German organisation, which would appear to be life guards,
> although with possibly a bit of Coast Guard / Marine Rescue included?
> Actually, this would be the general German term for a lifeguard base. They
> are manned/run by different organisations (DLRG, ASB, Wasserwacht). To my
> knowledge they only do near shore rescuing for swimmers, surfers, light
> boats etc.

+1, these are permanent stations (although I would not expect them to
operate in the winter in Germany, do they?), unlike for example these:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WOPR-Pobierowo-2006.jpg which are
set up in the season and do not operate out of a permanent structure. IMHO,
if you want to tag the former, be explicit, do not use amenity=lifeguard
because it is ambiguous, use something like amenity=lifeguard_station (or
emergency rather than amenity).

> Off-shore rescuing more intended for rescuing ships' crews is done by
> German Coast Guard (K├╝stenwache, state run) or more often by another
> non-governmental organization called Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung
> Schiffbr├╝chiger.

coast guards have a lot of competences usually, rescuing people is just one
of their many duties. They can be seen as kind of police, military or
customs, often they will also: control the coasts for unapproved pollution,
look for informal immigrants and trafficking of all kind via the sea, look
for illegal constructions at the coasts, control the quota for fishing,
control of vessels with respect to maritime law, etc. in short a kind of
police on the water.

Amenity=coast_guard is currently proposed, has not yet 100 usages, and can
be found here:
There is also emergency=coast_guard with a fifth of the usage and IMHO less
suitable (because this is not only or mainly about "emergency", see above).

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