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Transcending Borders at INTERSCHUTZ 2020

by Greg Preston
Transcending Borders at INTERSCHUTZ 2020

Transcending Borders at INTERSCHUTZ 2020 is the title of a symposium being held on 17 and 18 June 2020 at the INTERSCHUTZ exhibition in Hannover. As the world’s leading trade fair for the fire and rescue services, civil protection, safety and security, INTERSCHUTZ has announced “Teams, Tactics, Technology – Connecting Protection and Rescue” as its lead theme for 2020. And that’s what the two-day civil protection symposium is all about: The first day of the conference will focus on cross-border cooperation in disaster cases, with the spotlight on Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Titled “Extreme Weather Conditions”, the second day highlights a topic that is becoming increasingly important in times of climate change, which requires an equally connected approach. The topics covered include snow chaos, forest fires due to droughts and flood disasters. The “Transcending Borders” civil protection symposium is primarily aimed at executives from government organizations and NGOs charged with security tasks as well as from fire brigades and aid organizations.

The number of participants is limited to approximately 300.

Civil protection is playing an increasing overall role at INTERSCHUTZ. From 15 to 20 June 2020, there will be a new focus area for civil protection in Hall 16/17, where doctors, rescue service personnel, fire brigades, technical helpers and other crisis intervention staff as well as volunteers from civil protection aid organizations will find the entire spectrum of civil protection services, including equipment and technical aids such as emergency shelters and tents, electricity, hygiene and sanitation, mobile hospitals and equipment for flood and water protection.

The “Transcending Borders” civil protection symposium is organized by Bonn-based Beta Verlag publishers, in cooperation with INTERSCHUTZ.


INTERSCHUTZ – the world’s leading trade fair for fire brigades, rescue services, civil protection and safety/security – next takes place from 15 to 20 June 2020 in Hannover, Germany. Falling under four main categories, the products and services on display at INTERSCHUTZ include equipment for technical assistance and disaster control, fire station equipment, fire protection and extinguishing technology, vehicles and vehicle equipment, information and organization technology, medical equipment, medical supplies, control center technology and personal protective equipment.

INTERSCHUTZ is outstanding in international comparison, both in terms of the quantity and quality of exhibitors and attendees, including its partner associations DFV, vfdb and VDMA, exhibiting enterprises, non-commercial exhibitors such as fire brigades, rescue services, technical emergency services and disaster control organizations, plus attendees from professional and voluntary fire brigades, plant fire brigades, rescue services and disaster control units. In 2015 more than 150,000 visitors attended INTERSCHUTZ in Hannover. The number of exhibitors was around 1,500. The two networked sister events ¬– REAS in Italy and AFAC in Australia, both powered by INTERSCHUTZ – serve to strengthen the international significance of the INTERSCHUTZ exhibition brand. The next AFAC takes place from 27 to 30 August 2019 in Melbourne, Australia, offering a networking hub for fire brigades and rescue services. From 4 to 6 October 2019, REAS in Montichiari, Italy, will once again serve as the hub for the Italian rescue services.

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