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Innovation and networking - Hall 13, Stand D50

The Association for the Promotion of German Fire Protection (vfdb) will present itself with a colourful mix of topics at its joint stand during INTERSCHUTZ (20 to 25 June 2022) in Hall 13/D50 together with the Association of Heads of Professional Fire Departments (AGBF Bund). The stand motto: "comprehensive, networked, proven". "We are pleased that after the long forced break from Corona, we can finally meet again at the world's leading trade fair for fire brigades, rescue services, civil protection and safety to exchange experiences and network," says vfdb President Dirk Aschenbrenner. "After the pandemic and after numerous other catastrophes and bad experiences, this is just the right time to catch up on what we have learned and to draw conclusions for our work in the future," Aschenbrenner continues.

The vfdb is considered the "inventor" of INTERSCHUTZ. In 1953, the association organised the industry's first major trade exhibition - at that time still called "Der Rote Hahn" - in Essen. Today, the vfdb, together with the German Fire Brigades Association (DFV), is the conceptual sponsor of the world's leading trade fair. At INTERSCHUTZ 2022, the vfdb will be presenting its wide-ranging portfolio of topics at numerous theme islands. The topics include research, rescue services, fire protection, education, protective equipment, technical assistance, control centres and fire protection history. The latest development in digitalisation plays an important role.

The recently launched SIE@vfdb and VIELFALT@vfdb initiatives will also present themselves. They are intended both to strengthen the presence of women in future technologies and to underline the appreciation of diversity in the vfdb. In addition, the vfdb will address the international expert audience with numerous presentations - including one on the Commission of Experts on Heavy Rain initiated by the vfdb with the support of the DFV. For the first time, the successful online event series "Praxisdialog@vfdb" will also be held in person at INTERSCHUTZ on Monday, 21 June. This time, together with the research project ResKriVer (communication and information platform for resilient crisis-relevant supply networks), the topic will be "Supply in times of crisis".

Other topics include, for example, preparation options for flash flood events, civil protection and politics, geodata for dynamic damage situations, international agreements on command and control in hazard prevention, or the ever-present forest fire problem.

For all guests at the stand who do not otherwise have the opportunity, there is the possibility to experience an alarm drive at first hand - on the driving simulator. The simulator simulates a ride in a command vehicle, including the sound of the engine and siren as well as expert advice.

Philatelists will also get their money's worth: as in the past, there will be a special postmark and an individually designed stamp.

Information will also be provided on funding opportunities for projects through the SafeInno foundation established by the vfdb. In addition, there will be insights into the numerous technical recommendations, guidelines and leaflets on current topics that have been published by the vfdb to date.

Numerous partners will be at the vfdb/AGBF stand: Paulinchen - Initiative für brandverletzte Kinder e.V., the Netzwerk Feuerwehrfrauen, the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Feuerwehren im Rettungsdienst (AG FReDi) and the initiative "Smoke detectors save lives". And someone else will be dropping by regularly: INTERSCHUTZ mascot Timmy, the Border Collie, who visitors had already taken to their hearts at INTERSCHUTZ 2015.

A "pensioners' bench" also promises to be an eye-catcher and coveted photo object, because the dedicated alumni also have their place in the vfdb. Albrecht Broemme, Honorary President of the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), suggested such a piece of furniture some time ago. At the INTERSCHUTZ joint stand in Hall 13, the idea will become reality.

"We want visitors not only to find out about our work and possibly encourage them to join in. Rather, they should also feel comfortable and experience something of the sense of community that characterises our network of experts," says vfdb Secretary General Dr. Dirk Oberhagemann, who is responsible for the overall design of the stand.

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