【DE】INTERSCHUTZ with a strong program and hot topics

If INTERSCHUTZ (20th to 25th June), Hanover becomes the international “blue light capital.” Hot topics, innovations and a broad supporting program, consisting of conferences, competitions, workshops and live trainings – all this is offered by the leading international trade fair for fire brigade, rescue, civil protection and security.


Hanover. If INTERSCHUTZ (20th to 25th June), Hanover becomes the international “blue light capital.” Hot topics, innovations and a broad supporting program, consisting of conferences, competitions, workshops and live trainings – all this is offered by the leading international trade fair for fire brigade, rescue, civil protection and security.


In view of the current geopolitical challenges, the associated humanitarian crises and the natural disasters caused by climate change, INTERSCHUTZ provides the much-needed framework to take up international discourse and jointly develop solutions for the expansion of civil protection and the security of critical infrastructures. The current challenges as well as the profound changes in technology and society are changing the operations of fire brigades and rescue workers and require new concepts and approaches. INTERSCHUTZ is more important today than ever. It offers the best conditions for the industry and politics to make progress in international dialogue,” emphasized Dr. Jochen Köckler, CEO of Deutsche Messe AG. More than 1,300 exhibitors from over 50 countries look forward to seeing their customers again at the fair. With more than 18,000 kilometers, an exhibitor from New Zealand has the longest journey. Around 80,000 square meters of exhibition space and thus eight halls, the outdoor area and the Convention Center are booked for INTERSCHUTZ.


Parallel to INTERSCHUTZ, the 29th German Fire Brigade Day, to which the German Fire Brigade Association (DFV) invites the citizens of the city of Hanover and all international trade fair guests. The start is made by a “blue light mile” on the Sunday before the fair in Hanover city center.


DFV President Karl-Heinz Banse is also looking forward to INTERSCHUTZ: “This will be a successful trade fair, it will be a great 29. German Fire Brigade Day! Finally, we can meet in person again, discuss technical topics, set the political course and maintain and expand our national and international fire brigade network. I am very much looking forward to the major events: Hanover is open from the 20th to the 25th. June 2022 the center of the fire brigade world.”


Top topics: Digitalization, civil protection and sustainability


With the guiding theme “Teams, tactics, technology – protection and rescue networked”, INTERSCHUTZ makes it clear where the journey will go in the future. The digitization of the fire brigade and rescue industry is the driver of innovation and contributes significantly to the fact that emergency services can work even faster, more purposefully and effectively. Visitors can get an overview of the various solutions.


Hall 16 is the first point of contact on the subject of digitization: From the “digital twin” to modern communication and control center technology, it is full of innovations. The use of drones for reconnaissance flights, rescue and extinguishing robots, the latest 5G applications and digital features on the “Personal Protective Equipment” are also shown here and in the other halls.


“Speed, safety and quality are essential criteria for successful deployments of the fire brigade and rescue service,” said Dirk Aschenbrenner, President of the Association for the Promotion of German Fire Protection (vfdb). “Teralized processes already help to improve deployment processes.” A look at industry and the economy gives an idea of what possibilities can still be exploited in the future to digitally optimize the security system.


As examples, Aschenbrenner cited the display of the situation in real time or decision-making aids based on artificial intelligence. It is important to establish an innovation cycle that reflects the digitization process in security from the determination of demand to market launch.


In addition to digitization, INTERSCHUTZ focuses on other important topics: These include civil protection. In times of increasing crisis situations, civil protection organizations are challenged like never before. Latest developments in robotics as well as the prototype of a pontoon boat show at the stand of the Technical Relief Agency in which direction civil protection will go in the future. The Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, together with numerous partners, presents the pilot project “Laboratory Care 5,000”. In Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe, rescue operations are simulated via virtual reality and thus the new requirements for the teams are made visible.


Alternative drives on the rise


In the field of vehicle technology, guests can also expect exciting new products at INTERSCHUTZ. Alternative drives for emergency vehicles will play a major role. The pioneer here is the global corporation Rosenbauer, which will present, among other things, the first all-electric turntable ladder in the world at its stand in Hall 27. The Berlin fire brigade is also bringing a Rosenbauer extinguishing vehicle with electric drive to Hanover. In addition, electric vehicles for operational management or ambulance transport will be shown at the fair.


However, the topic of electromobility not only provides important impulses against the background of sustainability, but also the practical challenges and special features of battery fires will be discussed at the fair. Thus, the battery of an electric vehicle represents its own and new source of fire. For this, but also on other topics, emergency services can be trained at INTERSCHUTZ in practical live trainings. The demand for these offers is high. For example, around 500 participants registered for the S-GARD SAFETYTOUR.


Six days of excitement and information


Highlights of INTERSCHUTZ also include the Holmatro Rescue Challenge (Monday to Friday) and the Firefit European Championships (Monday to Saturday), in which the fittest firefighters compete against each other. In full outfit and with respiratory protection, among other things, a twelve-meter-high tower must be climbed and a fire hose pulled up. After the impact machine, the participants go through a short slalom section and then pick up a filled fire hose to extinguish a target fire. In the final spurt, an 80-kilogram doll must be saved to the finish. One can be curious to see if the world record of 1.11 minutes will be broken at this year’s INTERSCHUTZ.


It will also be exciting at the new Hackathon@INTERSCHUTZ – a competition on civil and civil protection (23rd to 25th. June). This is about who develops the best ideas and strategies to integrate artificial intelligence into crisis and situation management. A highlight will include the opening speech of the Ukrainian fire brigade general Serhiy Kruk on the second day of the hackathon, 24. June. In addition, Kruk, together with former Polish Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak and other speakers, participates in an expert roundtable on civil protection.


Civil protection is also the focus of the CP symposium from 21st to 22nd. June. In addition, there are various lecture stages at the stands of the partners and exhibitors. The central INTERSCHUTZ Forum in Hall 26 invites you to join the discussion with more than 130 lectures. The conference covers all important aspects of the fair and focuses on a topic every day: Preventive fire protection (Monday), civil and civil protection (Tuesday), forest fire and fire brigade (Wednesday), digitization (Thursday) and rescue services (Friday). The conference program will be broadcast live on the net and thus also offers interested parties who cannot be there this year the opportunity to follow INTERSCHUTZ live with all its exciting topics.


Digital participation also includes the networking function, with which visitors from outside can digitally network with the participants at the fair via the INTERSCHUTZ website.


Platform for international exchange and mutual learning


Networking and exchange is also the target of numerous international fire brigade and civil protection delegations. From more than 15 countries, including well-traveled experts from Australia, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and South Korea, want to use INTERSCHUTZ to get an overview of the further developments of the industry and expand its network. “INTERSCHUTZ is the No. 1 platform for the international exchange of the industry,” emphasized Köckler. He is particularly looking forward to the three partner countries France, Italy and the USA, which will be the focus of experts report on the country joint stands as well as in the stage program on the special features in terms of fire protection, safety and rescue in their country.


Help for Ukraine


In addition to the three partner countries, Ukraine is also the focus for this year’s INTERSCHUTZ. Many fire brigades and aid organizations do their best every day on the ground, but also in the neighboring countries where the Ukrainian refugees have been staying since the outbreak of the war. In order to make an active contribution and to support the people of Ukraine, but also the fire brigades and rescue units located there, INTERSCHUTZ has launched a fundraising campaign: “We will donate one euro for a good cause for every trade fair visitor of INTERSCHUTZ,” Köckler announced. 100 percent of the donation goes to the “Feuerwehrhilfe Ukraine” organized by the German Fire Brigade Association (DFV) and will be made on Saturday, 25. June, handed over to those responsible at the DFV delegates’ meeting.


Tickets & Corona Guidelines


Tickets for INTERSCHUTZ can be purchased on the INTERSCHUTZ website (www.interschutz.de) or at the box offices in the entrances (North 1, West 1 and 2, South 1). A day ticket costs 24 euros, reduced 19 euros. The season ticket for the entire time of the fair is 54 euros. Admission is from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The digital offers (conference, networking) can be used free of charge.


There are no more corona-related access restrictions to the exhibition center. Neither the vaccination status is queried, nor is a negative corona test proof required. In addition, there is no general mask requirement, but for personal protection it is recommended to wear a mask indoors. The specifications of the respective exhibitors apply at the exhibition stands. Masks are still mandatory in public transport.

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