The sirens resounded across the Hannover Exhibition Grounds in the Germany city at various times between 20-25 June to confirm the return of INTERSCHUTZ – the world’s leading trade fair for the firefighting, rescue and emergency services, as well as civil protection and the safety/security sector.
In the face of increasing natural disasters and humanitarian crises, the organisers of INTERSCHUTZ felt it was time – after a seven-year hiatus – to come together again as an industry to develop strategies for the future of civil protection.
This was underlined by the high rate of attendance – over 1,300 exhibitors from across 50 nations showcased over 2,600 products and solutions, with 85,000 visitors streaming onto the Hannover exhibition ground during the six-day event.
“Against a backdrop of increasing threat scenarios, it was high time after seven years for an INTERSCHUTZ to take place again in a physical, on-site format,” noted Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Deutsche Messe Managing Board.
“This trade fair was all about networking, developing ideas, discussing solutions and expanding international networks. As a result, INTERSCHUTZ is now more than just a product show – it is a shaper of sustainable security architecture on a national and global scale,” added.
Apart from Germany, the leading visitor nations attending the event included Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and France.
The INTERSCHUTZ team also donated one euro per visitor to aid the Ukrainian fire services. The charity drive was organised by the German Fire Service Association (DFV). “To make it a round sum, we topped up the amount to €100,000,” explained Köckler.