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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.


In a workshop, women learn how to use the tools and technique provided by the tool hire service.

DIY in Kurdistan

In the refugee camp in Arbat, northern Iraq, a service recently started to hire out tools for DIY purposes. It is operated by the THW together with UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency). As part of the opening celebrations, the THW ran workshops specifically aimed at training women how to use the tools. These workshops have been continued every week since.
Currently the THW is assisting six camps in the autonomous Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq.

Emergency Accommodation and “WASH” – Humanitarian Assistance from the THW

“With our technical and logistical expertise, we are ready to help whenever people are in need,” declares THW President Albrecht Broemme today on World Humanitarian Day. The current refugee situation is placing particular demands on the THW – at home and abroad.
On August 26, 1966, a THW relief mission to Turkey started.

Fifty years after the 1966 earthquake in Turkey

More than 2000 people lost their lives as a result of the severe earthquake in eastern Turkey on August 19, 1966. Many more were seriously injured and tens of thousands lost their property. On August 26, 1966, a THW relief mission to Turkey started. 30 volunteers from the local sections in Bonn, Cologne and Dortmund took part, primarily working at the devastated hospital and administration buildings in Hinis.

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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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