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Frau Merkel am Hebekissen beim THW Tag

Angela Merkel in action with Vetter

From May 15th to 17th, prominent visitors attracted an unprecedented number of media representatives to "THW Day" in Chemnitz. A curious Chancellor Angela Merkel, accompanied by Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Saxony's Premier Stanislaw Tillich, travelled to the 3-day management meeting of the THW (Germany's Federal Agency for Technical Relief).
Among others, topics there included future deployment scenarios or the organisational development of the THW and the resulting technical requirements.

The chancellor has everything under control

In addition to the event's official activities in the town hall, the chancellor also took the time to speak with dedicated young volunteers. A natural scientist, she seemed especially interested in the equipment presented by the rescue teams. An absolute highlight was Ms Merkel's first contact with the convincing technology of Vetter's lifting bags.

The youth volunteers from the Borna chapter of the Eisenach THW had already made preparations in advance, including positioning a lifting bag under the wheel of a THW vehicle.

The chancellor couldn't wait to try out the equipment and surprised everybody by unhesitatingly gripping the right lever on the controller to lift the front wheel of the vehicle. Even Ms Merkel appeared somewhat surprised.

Praise from the highest level

Another highlight was the chancellor's 20-minute speech, in which she proudly spoke to the assembled THW members, praising their work in both the old and the new German states and emphasising the significance of volunteer work. "This is a super country, but without you from the THW it would be less so. That's why we need you for the future!"
The long applause afterwards showed that Angela Merkel had spoken from the hearts of her expert audience.
The interior minister also recognised the 20 years of reconstruction work by the THW in the eastern states and emphasised the importance of a functional network of volunteers to the republic.

Get acquainted with our lifting bags and read all about the technology that impressed even the chancellor here.

Foto: THW


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