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.
“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.
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.
After flooding, earthquakes or other disasters, rapid and specific assistance is vital. This is why the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been working together with the THW and other German organisations as part of a Cluster Approach to providing relief.
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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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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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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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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