Exciting competitions at INTERSCHUTZ 2015 in Hannover
Hannover , Germany. Exciting competitions will mark the world’s leading exhibition for fire prevention, disaster relief, rescue services, safety and security – INTERSCHUTZ 2015, staged in Hannover, Germany. Apart from competitions sponsored by non-commercial exhibitors – for the “toughest fireman in the world” and the best rescue squad for operations at great heights – a commercial exhibitor is also staging an attractive competition: Worth a prize purse of 35,000 euros, the Holmatro Extrication Challenge challenges rescue teams to demonstrate their prowess in realistic vehicle extrication scenarios. Interested parties can find out more and register at the company’s event website ( http://live.holmatro.com).
Competing teams will have 20 minutes each to react to a vehicle extrication scenario using Holmatro rescue equipment. According to the organizers, all of the cars will be brand new. Before the practical part of the competition commences, each team will receive a short introduction from company trainers on how to operate the rescue equipment.
A group of experienced experts from Australia, England, Germany and Ireland will adjudicate each scenario and determine the winners. The evaluation criteria include the performance of squad leadership as well as the team’s medical and technical skills. Team spirt will also be a factor. Friends and family members of competition participants can watch what is happening from the comfort of their homes via live streaming on the Internet.
Determining the best rescue squad in the world is also the focus of the “Toughest Firefighter Alive” (TFA) competition. Staged for the 17th time by the Mönchengladbach fire brigade, this contest represents a combination of performance demo, sporting event and show. Firefighters must exhibit the strength, coordination and condition required to perform their daily operations. “This is a mission which stretches contestants to their very limits and beyond,” remarked event head organizer Claudia Consoir-Taube. Whoever wins this award can rightfully claim to be the “toughest firefighter in the world.” Here, too, there will be rewards, with the top three contestants receiving prizes in kind and all participants receiving a certificate and a t-shirt. Further information is available at www.tfa-germany.de.
More than 100 participants will be competing for the German championships for rescue operations at great heights. Fifteen participating teams composed of six members each will be required to tackle tough jobs at a total of four different stations. The exact nature of the exercises will not be revealed until the day of competition – Saturday, 13 June. The decisive competition criterion will consist of the time needed to finish all four tasks. This will guarantee an exciting competition “at great heights” above spectators, while at the same time offering impressive confirmation of rescuers’ skills. Until recently on-the-job emergencies taking place in tall buildings or on high-voltage masts or cranes had stretched the capacities of German fire brigades to the limit. Nowadays the appropriate teams for rescue operations in high places are already primed and in position, both at fire brigades and at relief organizations throughout the country.