Holmatro 180Fire prevention and protection, disaster relief, rescue and safety are the four main pillars of INTERSCHUTZ 2015. Here, FIRE previews the cutting-edge products and services from across 49 countries which will be on view in Hannover, Germany this June: 

From 8 to 13 June 2015, the gates will once again be opening on the world’s most renowned exhibition for rescue workers, firefighters and related professionals – an unparalleled showcase of the latest equipment and innovative approaches to emergency rescue. Some 1,400 companies from 49 countries will be presenting their cutting-edge products and services at INTERSCHUTZ 2015

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As the leading international event for firefighting and disaster relief, INTERSCHUTZ puts the spotlight on the technologies of tomorrow. A special “Proactive Fire Prevention” display is debuting at the upcoming INTERSCHUTZ. This dedicated forum is all about the structural, technical, facility-based and organizational aspects of fire prevention. The show will span six exhibition halls and will also encompass a large open-air site that will be home to an array of spectacular demonstrations and competitions, including the Toughest Fire Fighter Alive contest. The Fire Prevention section is an extensive showcase ranging from technical fire protection systems to airport fire trucks.

It will be staged in halls 12, 13, 24, 25 and 27, on the open-air site and in Pavilions 32 to 35. The Disaster Relief showcase is spread across halls 24, 25 and 26 and the open-air site and will present everything from water purification equipment to innovative software for managing and coordinating disaster relief teams. The Rescue showcase brings together emergency medical service professionals, paramedics and manufacturers of vehicles and medical equipment and spans halls 24, 25 and 26 and the open-air site. The fourth main component of INTERSCHUTZ 2015, the Safety & Security showcase, will be housed in Hall 12 and, of course, on the open-air site. There, visitors will find answers to many important questions, including, not least, how to protect critical civilian infrastructure in the event of disasters. 

Among the many events organised within INTERSCHUTZ, are the competition for the “Toughest Firefighter Alive” and the German High Rope Rescuers Championships on 13 June. The event will also see Holmatro host a special edition of its Rescue Challenge with a €35,000 prize fund for the winner (pictured). For the first time INTERSCHUTZ will also be staging a professional forum entirely dedicated to fire prevention, while Hall 26 will house a forum for rescue professionals. At a similar international event for professionals in the field of security as well as at the CRI!SE forum focused on critical infrastructures, visitors will have opportunities to meet key players from the sector and obtain first-hand information. 

The 17th Hannover Emergency Symposium is a well-established forum, run by the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e. V. (German Order of St John), the German Fire Protection Association (vfdb), the Lower Saxony Ministry for Internal Affairs and Sport, Hannover fire brigade and the Hannover University of Medicine.
A series of other symposia and special events will round off the programme. For example, on 10 June INTERSCHUTZ 2015 will provide the setting for the presentation of the Hans-Dietrich Genscher Prize awarded every two years to rescuers who have acted beyond the call of duty. The Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe launched the award, which is worth 2,500 euros, in 1995. Since 2003 a prize has also been presented to junior first-aiders and rescuers under the age of eighteen.

Partner Country Days
To further enhance the international mix, this year’s INTERSCHUTZ will include an all-new Partner Country Days programme that will attract high-level international delegations and feature country-specific activities at the national pavilions of the participating Partner Countries – Italy, France and Poland. 

The programme gets underway on day two of the fair, Tuesday, 9 June, with the Partner Country Italy showcase, for which around 70 Italian exhibitors have registered so far. Italy’s disaster management system is renowned throughout Europe for its flexible and dynamic structure. The system guarantees super-fast response times when emergencies and natural disasters strike. The Italian exhibitors are not only presenting their products and services, but also seeking to develop or extend international networks. 

Then, on Thursday, 11 June, it’s time for France to step into the limelight with a showcase themed “Innovation for Greater Security in the World” that will feature – at last count – around 60 exhibitors. The event has the support of France’s Minister of the Interior, Bernard Cazeneuve, who has signalled that he will be attending. The French will use the strapline of “Innovations to make the world a safer place”, showcasing the very best of new French technology in four specific areas of expertise: forest fires, CBRNE (the threat from chemical, biological, nuclear and conventional explosive weapons), building safety and the management of rescue operations. Experts from France’s regional fire departments, from Paris and Marseilles, and from the country’s national civil defense units will be joining forces with French companies to present a full day of talks and demonstrations highlighting their know-how. 

Finally on Friday, 12 June, Poland will star as Partner Country with a showcase that will bring Polish exhibitors to INTERSCHUTZ in record numbers. The showcase will also feature numerous special presentations and demonstrations focusing on the growing importance of the Polish market.