Bundesverband für den Selbstschutz

The Bundesverband für den Selbstschutz (BVS) was the “help yourself” section of the German civil defence system, reaching back to 1946 and finally dissolved in 1997. During the Cold War, it offered information and training for the population at large. A standard “Selbstschutzkurs” (roughly “self preservation course”) tackled everything from very basic first aid to knotwork and abseiling from a window …

This is a Volkswagen bus that was used in the Stuttgart region as a personnel and materials carrier, ferrying the goods to exhibitions and courses. As the BVS was no longer an emergency service, no blue lights were carried.

Bundesverband für den Selbstschutz - S-8008 - © Bernd Biege
Bundesverband für den Selbstschutz – S-8008 – © Bernd Biege
Bundesverband für den Selbstschutz - S-8008 - © Bernd Biege
Bundesverband für den Selbstschutz – S-8008 – © Bernd Biege

Please note that these are scans from old 35mm slides from my archives, with resultant deterioration in colours and sharpness.

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