【DE】Forest fire control top topic at INTERSCHUTZ

With more than 1,300 exhibitors from 52 countries, the world’s leading trade fair for fire brigade, rescue, civil protection and security INTERSCHUTZ started today in Hanover. A central topic is vegetation firefighting – especially due to the current disaster situation in Brandenburg and the forest fires in other regions, it is currently highly explosive.

 

Hanover. With more than 1,300 exhibitors from 52 countries, the world’s leading trade fair for fire brigade, rescue, civil protection and security INTERSCHUTZ started today in Hanover. A central topic is vegetation firefighting – especially due to the current disaster situation in Brandenburg and the forest fires in other regions, it is currently highly explosive.

 

On the sidelines of the INTERSCHUTZ opening, the head of the Forest Fire Working Group in the German Fire Brigade Association (DFV) and vegetation fire expert of the Association for the Promotion of German Fire Protection (vfdb), Dr. Ulrich Cimolino, pointed out that the lack of suitable equipment for forest firefighting is now becoming visible. This applies both to the need for off-road vehicles for forest firefighting, as well as to the appropriate personal protective equipment and useful, special tools.

 

In addition, there is the necessary training in tactics and technology. In the fight against the current fires, for example, it turns out that there are not enough resources for helicopters. This becomes all the more clear when other events – such as the current preparations for the G7 summit in Bavaria – led to the fact that the Federal Police obviously cannot support the federal states with helicopters in sufficient numbers.

 

Cimolino pointed out that during INTERSCHUTZ, the complete range of possibilities of vehicles and equipment as well as much about tactics and training will be shown. The fair is an excellent showcase for current technologies and innovations. It becomes clear that there is no lack of knowledge, ideas and solutions, but of implementation.

 

Stronger international cooperation is also important. “Forest fires know no national borders,” said Cimolino. INTERSCHUTZ offers an excellent contribution to supporting international networking. Exhibitors such as Rosenbauer and Desautel as well as the Bundeswehr fire brigade will show the latest vehicles and concepts for forest fire fighting at the fair.

 

The disaster in Brandenburg and the further fires in numerous other regions are generally a clear indication of the explosive development of vegetation fires. As it now turns out, vegetation fires can quickly develop into dynamic major damage situations if the drought is large and the resistance of vegetation due to this and other damage (e.g. storm, bark beetle) is low, which slightly ignites the predominant vegetation and burns down quickly,” says the expert. Cimolino cited coniferous woods, but also birches, as examples for Germany.

 

At the same time, he pointed out a new forecast for Germany by 2028 spread a few days ago by the German Weather Service. According to this, an average temperature up to one degree higher regionally than previously expected. “This sounds quite little, but increases the explosiveness of the vegetation fire situation very significantly, because it is impossible that vegetation or even silviculture can fully adjust in danger prevention in the time after,” says Cimolino.

 

Cimolino will give lectures at INTERSCHUTZ on forest fire fighting, but also on other weather extremes, such as heavy rain and floods, and will be available for questions at the joint stand of vfdb and AGBF in Hall 13.

 

 

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