INTERSCHUTZ 2015 is set to break all previous records on exhibitor numbers and floor area. No other event attracts so many firefighting professionals from Germany and the rest of the world, who come here to learn about the latest trends, discuss current issues and find solutions for delivering professional emergency services to our towns and communities – all in the name of "future readiness". The German Fire Services Association is hosting a joint display for its member associations (Hall 27, Stand D30) at the world's biggest trade fair for fire prevention, disaster relief, rescue services, safety and security. Here successful campaigns will be featured by the various state fire service associations, alongside the work of the associations for their members and new technologies for the future. The German Fire Services Association will also be hosting two conference events looking at the fire services in a European context and in the future."
Hans-Peter Kröger, President of the German Fire Services Association
"Civil defence in Germany is currently in a very healthy state. But continuous and sustained efforts are needed to ensure that our civil defence agencies are equipped to meet the challenges that our country may face in the future. The Federal Agency for Civil Defence and Disaster Relief (BBK) exists to drive innovation and improvement in all areas of civil defence. INTERSCHUTZ gives us a platform to present our activities and come together with other agencies and our partners to compare notes and discuss matters of common interest. Research is central to the role of the BBK in driving innovation."
Christoph Unger, President of the Federal Agency for Civil Defence and Disaster Relief
"The new emergency paramedics law is a valuable contribution to patient wellbeing. It's important for the different agencies involved in our rescue services to share information on a regular basis, so that they learn from any mistakes and benefit from pooled knowhow. These matters will feature prominently at INTERSCHUTZ 2015 – and likewise at the 17th Hannover Emergency Symposium. Here there will also be an opportunity to compare the different rescue services across Europe. It's important to look at the bigger picture."
Dr. Uwe Lühmann, Undersecretary at the Ministry of the Interior of Lower Saxony
Safety and security
"Safety research plays an increasingly important role in an effective system of civil defence. Faced with new technologies and ever more complex challenges, we need to do more work on developing effective and efficient methods of fire prevention as a matter of urgency. A good example is the TIBRO joint project funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Several of the participating partners have already set themselves the goal of analysing Germany's fire services, examining their future viability and making appropriate recommendations. At INTERSCHUTZ we will be taking the opportunity to tell users about the long-term practical benefits of research into safety issues. The world's leading trade fair in its field gives the vfdb (German Fire Protection Association) an excellent opportunity to promote closer cooperation between all the organizations involved. This applies equally to fire prevention and disaster relief, the rescue services, technical assistance and the maintenance of public order. None of these sectors exists in isolation."
Dirk Aschenbrenner, President of the German Fire Protection Association