Main navigation

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.

Besides the more than two hundred voluntary SEEBA-experts, guests from politics, and international partners from Switzerland, , Luxemburg, Austria, France, Malta and the Netherlands were invited. In his speech, Mr Norbert Seitz, Head of Department for Crisis Management and Civil Protection at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, underlined the inestimable value of the voluntary work of the SEEBA-experts as ambassadors of the Republic of Germany abroad.

The SEEBA was developed on the basis of the experiences gained during the earthquake disaster in Mexico in 1985. It meets the quality criteria of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) of the United Nations and has meanwhile had many opportunities to prove its efficiency; thus, e.g., in connection with the serious earthquakes in Japan (2011), Pakistan (2005) and the Iran (2003).

  • Mr Norbert Seitz during his speech. (show image)

All photos provided by THW are free of charge and can be used for coverage of THW and the subject of civil protection by stating the source of “THW”. All rights of the photos are reserved by THW. Photos which are labelled differently do not fall under this regulation.

Additional information

More news with topic

More news with region

Your Opinion

Please let us know what you like or what you do not like. We are open to ideas, are pleased with your praise and take your criticism seriously. Please give us your feedback!

Give a Feedback

KalenderTermineIm April 2018

Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
            01. April
02. April 03. April 04. April 05. April 06. April 07. April 08. April
09. April 10. April 11. April 12. April 13. April 14. April 15. April
16. April 17. April 18. April 19. April 20. April 21. April 22. April
23. April 24. April 25. April 26. April 27. April 28. April 29. April
30. April            

All events

Navigation and service