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Technisches Hilfswerk, THW

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[Technisches Hilfswerk / THW (Germany)] 3:5
by Jens Pattke

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THW (Technisches Hilfswerk) is the Governmental disaster relief organization of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its statutory tasks include the provision of technical assistance at home and humanitarian aid abroad. Today, more than 40,000 volunteer technicians, engineers and specialists in other fields, as well as roughly 850 full-time employees, work for the federal THW organisation. Together, they form the foundation of the qualified technical assistance provided at home and abroad. THW has 6,000 vehicles of various types at its disposal. The diversity of its units reflect THW's range of operations. For example, there are Technical Groups on the local level which focus on recovery, clearing, electricity supply, water damage / pumps, management / communication, bridge-building, infrastructure, water hazards, location, logistics, drinking water supply and oil damage and last but not least the special elite unit SEEBA (Rapid Deployment Unit Search and Rescue).

Jens Pattke, 31 July 2001


The flag is horizontally striped, dark blue-white-dark blue-white-dark blue (3:3:16:3:3), with the white logo in the center of the broad blue stripe. Ratio 3:5. The logo is made up of a cogwheel and the initials THW for the name (T)echnisches (H)ilfs(w)erk.

Jens Pattke, 31 July 2001