Talk:Tag:emergency=ses station

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Problematic tag

A State Emergency Service for Disaster Response exists in nearby all countries, with the name Civil Defense (Defensa Civil in Latin America) or similar names, so this value can and should be used everywhere, and Australia is just an example. --Federico Explorador 20:20, 30 May 2012 (BST)

The tag is problematic for worldwide use, since it takes a country-specific acronym (SES) that is not self-explanatory and not understood elsewhere. --Polarbear w (talk) 10:15, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

I will try to improve this label the description page, since I believe it can be valid for more countries than Australia. --Mnts (talk) 22:13, 16 April 2017 (UTC)

It does not help to improve the description page, since the value itself is badly chosen for worldwide use. --Polarbear w (talk) 22:16, 16 April 2017 (UTC)

The tag was introduced by an individual mapper for tagging SES stations in Australia, using the Australian acronym in the value. Thus it should not be used internationally as it is not universally understood. The attempt to define international usage on the description page by user Mnts was moved here below for further discussion. A discussion was started a while ago on the tagging list which revealed that the organisational forms differ from country to country. --Polarbear w (talk) 09:32, 17 April 2017 (UTC)

International organisations / Naming across countries

Collected by Mnts and Chrabros, 16 Apr 2017:

The Stations of the State Emergency Services or Stations of the Civil Protection or Civil Defense Services are the facilities of the governmental organization, which aims to support the civilian population to deal with natural or anthropic disasters.

This type of service or the organization that provides them, receives different names according to the country.

  • Germany: Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe (BBK)
  • Austria: Oberösterreichischer Zivilschutzverband
  • Australia: State Emergency Service
  • Brazil: Civil defense in Brazil
  • Greece: Oberösterreichischer Zivilschutzverband (Civil Protection)
  • Ukraine: Державна служба України з надзвичайних ситуацій (State Emergency Service)
  • Mexico: Civil Protection
  • Czechia: Civilní obrana


Your list proves how unsuitable the acronym SES is for worldwide use. Why should your fellow Mexican mappers use SES for "Protección Civil" or "Civil Protection"? Why did you pick for the German example a federal agency BKK and not the THW, the latter being the more volunteer-driven organisation?--Polarbear w (talk) 09:59, 17 April 2017 (UTC)