Exhibitors and visitors delighted with Interschutz 2022
After six intensive days, Interschutz 2022 wound down to a close on Saturday. Exhibitors, visitors, partners and organizers all had a consistently positive take on the event. In the face of increasing natural disasters and humanitarian crises, 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, with 85 000 visitors streaming onto the Hanover exhibition ground.
"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," reported 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," he continued.
85 000 visitors from 61 nations came to Hanover to keep abreast of the latest wave of industry topics. Apart from Germany, the leading visitor nations included Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and France.
The Interschutz team had already announced its plans to donate one euro per visitor to Ukrainian fire service aid, a charity drive organised by the German Fire Service Association (DFV). "To make it a round sum, we are topping up the amount to 100 000 euros," explained Köckler, as he handed over the donation check.
In addition to the high level of internationality, more than 1 300 exhibitors from over 50 nations praised the quality of the trade fair audience.
The partners at Interschutz were also highly satisfied. Dirk Aschenbrenner, President of the German Fire Protection Association (VFDB) summed it up succinctly: "At Interschutz 2022 we were treated to exactly the kind of things we wanted to see and experience. It was great to see the community come together again. There was an excellent product show and an incredibly large network. We also had many discussions about current problem situations and forward-looking ideas that have been forged here. This flagship fair definitely delivered what it promised."
DFV President Karl-Heinz Banse came to a similar conclusion, "This was one of the best Interschutz fairs I have ever experienced. The developments, ideas and concepts on display were fantastic and helped us achieve a technical and active refresher for improved fire department performance. A high number of decision-makers from all over the world were present. We were able to greatly expand our networks and highlight the unique system of fire departments in Germany. Deutsche Messe was an excellent, responsible host."
The 29th German Fire Service Day of the DFV took place parallel to Interschutz 2022, transporting the topic of the fire department from the trade fair to the city centre with numerous activities. Hannover's fire chief Dieter Rohrberg explained, "We are thrilled by the great response both to the actions in the city centre and at Interschutz itself. It was also fascinating to see the technical developments that have taken place since 2015 at Interschutz. We are proud that the state capital of Hannover was once again able to host the German Fire Service Day as well as Interschutz, making it the 'blue light capital' for an entire week. We are very much looking forward to the next Interschutz here in Hannover and can hardly wait until 2026."
Dr Tobias Ehrhard, Managing Director of the VDMA Fire Fighting Equipment Association added, "Interschutz 2022 was an impressive live experience and innovations forum, the kind we fire service engineers have come to love and appreciate. Great encounters and fascinating technologies combined with exciting concepts for tomorrow's connected as well as sustainable firefighting, all underscored the value of Interschutz. See you again soon in Hanover!"
Core topics at the fair: Digitisation, Civil Protection and Sustainability
In addition to civil protection, the core topics of Interschutz 2022 included the increasing importance of digitisation and robotics in emergency response. Drones, rescue and fire fighting robots were just as present at the trade fair as were systems for the real-time transmission and evaluation of image, video and operational data. "Today, fire departments, rescue services and aid organizations can no longer do without digital solutions, which make operations faster, more efficient and, above all, safer," Köckler explained.
In view of devastating forest fires in Germany and numerous other places, strategies for fighting forest fires were discussed and corresponding fire fighting vehicles were displayed. Experts expect that global climate change will increasingly lead to conditions in Central Europe mirroring those of more southern countries within the next few years. Natural disasters know no borders, which is precisely why it has become more important than ever to network across national borders, exchange experiences and develop new concepts for civil protection overall.
Sustainability was the third key topic at Interschutz. Here, it became apparent that electrically powered vehicles can play a greater role in fire departments and rescue services. Rosenbauer presented the world premiere of the Electric Panther, the world's first electrically powered aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) vehicle.
Dr Dieter Siegel, CEO of Rosenbauer International, stated: "The feedback from visitors clearly confirmed how inspiring a face-to-face exchange between customers, partners and manufacturers can be. After all, creative approaches to solutions for mastering future challenges in fire departments often only emerge in direct conversation. As a companion to the fire departments, it was also a particular concern of ours to present the products needed for this in a way that can be concretely experienced and grasped. We were able to do this through our 'Rosenbauer City' showcase at Interschutz, which provided us with valuable inputs for our work."
Next Interschutz and a new interim format in 2023
The next Interschutz will take place in Hannover from 1 to 6 June 2026. To shorten the time until then, Deutsche Messe is planning a number of so-called interim formats for Interschutz. As a first step, a new event powered by Interschutz will be launched next year. "Einsatzort Zukunft" (Mission Future) is the name of the new format, which will be held from 14 to 17 May 2023, parallel to the vfdb conference, in Münster, Germany.