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International Missions

Within three weeks, THW volunteers pumped out about 2.1 billion litres of water.

THW operations in the Balkans completed

In mid-May, heavy and prolonged rain resulted in the most serious flooding in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina for more than 100 years. During this period, altogether about 250 volunteers from THW supported the population in the flooded areas with the help of heavy-duty pumps and drinking water treatment units. The operations were completed on 23rd July.
About 30 THW volunteers operated in Denmark.

Neighbour assistance for Denmark

At the weekend, heavy rainfall has resulted in flooded areas in the south of Denmark. The situation was particularly dramatic in the town of Tonder on the German-Danish border. Based on the framework of the border country concept, about 30 THW volunteers from the adjacent local sections supported the Danish authorities and organisations during the large-scale operation.

International Missions

National Missions

On Thursday, a vessel with 2,400 tons of sulphuric acid capsized in front of the Loreley.

Jam at the Loreley

Currently, more than 200 vessels are waiting at the height of St. Goar to continue their journey. The reason for the blockage of the Rhine is a vessel with 2,400 tons of sulphuric acid which was damaged on Thursday and is now located across the Rhine. Due to the high water level, the waiting vessels cannot reach the coast and therefore are anchored in the Rhine. THW volunteers supply the mariners with staple foods which are becoming scarce on some of the vessels.
In Wertheim the peak of the river Main is expected on Monday evening. Parts of the town have been flooded for days.

Floods in Germany: Again Rivers burst their Banks

To pile sandbags, to control and stabilise banks, to build footbridges and to keep big and small pumps permanently running – these examples represent only some of the technical relief measures which about 1,500 THW volunteers have implemented for days across Germany. At the weekend, heavy rainfall and plus temperatures made rivers overflow in many places once again. After a short respite in the last week, THW volunteers are again deployed to fight against the water volume.

National Missions

International Exercises

Participants from ten nations are taking part in the staff exercise in Croatia.

EU-exercise in Croatia

Training in cooperation with international partners is indispensable for THW. Only by working together at an international level, the national unites can prepare for interactions in the event of a disaster. Today, on Wednesday, is the last day of THW’s training with partners from ten member states near the Croatian city of Split.
The SEEWA-experts discuss the appropriate location for the installation of the drinking water treatment unit.

For the first time, SEEWA exercised abroad

Premiere for THW’s Rapid Deployment Unit Water and Sanitation Abroad (SEEWA): at the beginning of June, the SEEWA-module “Middle” exercised an emergency case, together with an international unit. It was the first time that SEEWA took part in an exercise abroad. The exercise partner in Ranst, Belgium, was a team of the civil protection unit B-FAST (Belgian First Aid und Support Team).

International Exercises

National Exercises

Inflatable satellite devices speed up the construction.

OpEx Bravo: Communication in a crisis

Water, nutrition, medical care – after large-scale disasters, people depend on the humanitarian help of the international community. However, efficient help can only be provided when the operational teams coordinate their measures. In the context of the exercise OpEx Bravo, this week international IT and telecommunication specialists (ITC) will exercise the development and repair of communication networks for volunteers at THW’s National School in Neuhausen.
One of the international teams (left: WFP, middle: Unicef, right: Radar Australia) building a satellite system.

OpEx Bravo: Communication in the Crisis Area

In crisis areas, efficient humanitarian aid can only be provided when the international intervention teams are well connected via appropriate communication technology. At THW‘s National Training School in Neuhausen, IT and telecommunication specialists of the United Nations’ (UN) World Food Programme (WFP), Unicef and other organisations will exercise the setting up and maintenance of communication networks for rescue personnel this week. To achieve this, they will be supported by the Vodafone Foundation and the Government of Luxembourg.

National Exercises

International Events

The Federal Youth winners from Kulmbach in Tunisia.

THW-Federal Youth winners visited Tunisia

Last week, young THW-volunteers from Kulmbach took part in events connected with the World Day of Civil Protection in Tunisia. The trip for the winners of the Federal Youth Competition 2010, included a tribute to Mr Frank Schulze for his merits for civil protection.
Participants in the Steuben Parade.

THW at Steuben Parade

On Saturday, THW-Vice-President, Mr Rainer Schwierczinski, and 120 THW volunteers took part in this year’s Steuben Parade in New York. The Steuben Parade belongs to the biggest ceremonies of the Community of ethnic Germans in the USA and pays annual tribute to the contribution of the Prussian General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben to the American victory in the War of Independence.

International Events

National Events

Angela Merkel with (f.l.t.r.) THW volunteers, Axel Müller-Storp, Gerd Friedsam, Thomas de Maizière, and Stephan Mayer.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited civil protection authorities

On Tuesday, Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel visited, together with the Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr Thomas de Maizière, the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) and the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) in Bonn. She exchanged views with volunteers who commit themselves to civil protection.
Mr Norbert Seitz during his speech.

25 Years of THW’s Humanitarian Immediate Help

For 25 years, the Rapid Deployment Unit for Salvage Operations Abroad (SEEBA) has stood for THW’s competent and quick help after disasters abroad. Within a few hours after an alert, the SEEBA operational staff and their equipment are ready for their worldwide operations. At the weekend, the 25th anniversary was celebrated at the Centre for Logistics Abroad (ZAL) in Mainz.

National Events

International News

The concrete and safe handling of ladders is part of the training in Tunisia.

Export hit honorary office: start of third training course in Tunisia

Since this week, more than 50 Tunisian volunteers have expressed their delight in honorary office commitment during the third training unit in Ben Arous near Tunis. Until the beginning of November, with the support of THW-staff, the volunteers will undergo THW’s basic training, aligned to local circumstances. At the launch on Monday, the German ambassador to Tunisia visited the project.
The participants in the VinCaB-project.

EU-VinCaB: Starting micro projects

The joint EU-project of civil protection and disaster management organisations as well as Red Cross societies for micro projects in South America and Kosovo is being launched. In the frame of the Volunteers in Capacity Building Projects (VinCaB), the first THW volunteer will leave for Columbia today.

International News

National News

Within three weeks, THW volunteers pumped out about 2.1 billion litres of water.

THW operations in the Balkans completed

In mid-May, heavy and prolonged rain resulted in the most serious flooding in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina for more than 100 years. During this period, altogether about 250 volunteers from THW supported the population in the flooded areas with the help of heavy-duty pumps and drinking water treatment units. The operations were completed on 23rd July.
About 30 THW volunteers operated in Denmark.

Neighbour assistance for Denmark

At the weekend, heavy rainfall has resulted in flooded areas in the south of Denmark. The situation was particularly dramatic in the town of Tonder on the German-Danish border. Based on the framework of the border country concept, about 30 THW volunteers from the adjacent local sections supported the Danish authorities and organisations during the large-scale operation.

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