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Volunteers prepare for a pumping exercise.

Every day, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief is active in Germany and across the world. Altogether, the voluntary experts commit more than one million hours per year to civil protection. On the following pages, you can find information about the activities of THW.


The THW material arrived yesterday in the morning.

Earthquake in Nepal: THW material arrived in Kathmandu

Yesterday in the morning morning the relief flight of the German Red Cross (DRK), which also carried equipment of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), has landed in Nepal. The altogether 60 tons of relief items included two drinking water treatment units, a mobile laboratory as well as camping equipment for THW.
THW volunteers arriving at Kathmandu airport.

Earthquake in Nepal: THW volunteers start their work

The advance team of four, deployed to support the German embassy as well as a team of the Rapid Deployment Unit Water Supply Abroad of THW (SEEWA), has arrived in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu at midday. The experts will explore the situation on site and prepare the SEEWA operations.
THW volunteers are on their way to Nepal.

Earthquake in Nepal: THW delegating advance and SEEWA team

After the severe earthquake in Nepal with more than 2,000 deaths and about 5,000 injured people, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) has sent at noon today on Sunday an advance team to Kathmandu on behalf of the Federal Government. The task of the team of four is to support the German Embassy in coordination and reconnaissance tasks as well as the preparation of the operation. In the evening, further eleven operational staff of the Rapid Deployment Unit Water Supply Abroad (SEEWA) will fly to the operational area. They will first explore the situation on site and identify possible places of action, including water extraction sites.

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As a partner in civil protection in Germany, THW assists people after catastrophes and accidents. The Federal Agency performs its legal mission not only in Germany but also during operations across the world in more than 100 countries now.

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Hochwasserübung in Köln - zwei THW-Helfer bauen einen Schutzdamm auf.

Preparation is everything, because accidents and catastrophes can neither be predicted nor planned. Therefore, it is important to be well trained and ready any time.

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"THW Day" in Chemnitz 2009 - one of the biggest events in THW history.

Activities across Germany, project events, information forums or trade fairs – here you can find current reports about events concerning the participation of THW in Germany and across the world.

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The women from THW-local branch Bremen.

Current results of co-operations with new partners, research projects, ground-breaking agreements and much more. Here you learn what moves the world of THW.

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