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THW has 1,000 Technical Units and 1,440 Rescue Groups, incorporated into 730 Technical Platoons.

With its voluntary basis of about 80,000 voluntary experts THW as an authority in the department of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, is possibly “unique”. Learn more about THW, its task, its history, the fascination of helping which moves so many.


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Across the world, the structure of THW is unique: As a Federal agency, THW belongs to the department of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. However, only one percent of the staff works full-time for the authority. 99 percent of the THW-members work on a voluntary basis for THW.

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