CTIF is gearing up for Interschutz in June: Let's network again in Hannover!
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After being postponed for two years in a row due to Covid-19, INTERSCHUTZ 2022 will finally be arranged again in Hannover, Germany June 20 - 25. The expo is the world's largest Fire & Rescue event of its kind in the world, and it has been sadly missed during the pandemic years.
CTIF is looking forward also in this special times to meet our international colleagues and partners in Hannover for the exchange of knowledge and future development. CTIF will of course have a place in the expo hall, and present ourselves and what we do in our organisation to other visitors of the INTERSCHUTZ fair.
Firefighters face many global challenges, issues like extreme weather, climate change and new challenges arising in the protection of our populations through all of our firefighters. CTIF hopes to see you and connect at Interschutz this year, at this very crucial time in history.
"CTIF would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the German Fire Association for good cooperation and for organizing this important event for firefighters worldwide", says Milan Dubravac, President of the CTIF.
Most members of the CTIF Executive Committee, and several more from our Commissions, Working Groups and others from our valued membership will join us at Interschutz for networking, learning about news in the industry and re-connecting with new and old friends after two difficult years of meeting mostly online.
Ready for the Future
INTERSCHUTZ is the world’s leading trade fair for the fire and rescue services, civil protection, safety and security. It is a magnet for companies from all around the world seeking to develop new markets for their solutions. It’s also the go-to show for pros wanting to learn about the latest innovations and share expertise with their international peers. INTERSCHUTZ is in a class of its own internationally when it comes to the quality and number of visitors and exhibitors it attracts.
Staged over six days, INTERSCHUTZ features eye-catching exhibitions and engaging forums on the many aspects of fire fighting, rescue services, civil protection and safety and security.
Teams, Tactics, Technology – Connected for Protection and Rescue
INTERSCHUTZ 2022 is dedicated to the connected world of safety, protection and rescue. Connected by innovative digital technologies and by networks of collaboration across multiple organizations and institutions.
"Teams, Tactics, Technology – Connected for Protection and Rescue."
This is the 2022 lead theme for INTERSCHUTZ, the world’s leading trade fair for the fire and rescue services, civil protection, safety and security. It focuses on two key aspects of connectedness that are shaping the sector: the use of innovative digital solutions and increased collaboration among stakeholder organizations and institutions.
Digitization affects everyone
The world as we know it is changing rapidly as a result of the ongoing digitization of all aspects of our lives. The Internet, mobile communications and, increasingly, the Internet of Things are fundamentally transforming how we live and work, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Needless to say, this megatrend is bringing major change to the organizations, institutions and collaborative networks that make up the world’s fire, rescue, disaster relief, civil protection and safety services.
New technologies are opening up myriad new preventive options and ways of coping with crises and hazards. Everything that happens generates data, which can be captured and cross-matched in vast quantities and used to develop key insights and analyze alternative courses of action for a whole range of requirements and situations. This is all made possible by advanced IT and communications technology, which is making data collection and sharing both more powerful and more streamlined.
Big challenges ahead
However, these new technology capabilities are just part of the picture. They need to be deployed in a well-coordinated, appropriate fashion. They also need to be human-centric, because the fire and rescue services, civil protection, safety and security are all about people. That is not to say that the tasks faced by people and organizations who serve in emergency and hazard situations are not changing. They are. But digitization is only one of the causes of the change. Others include growing urban density, budgetary constraints and new and more complex hazard situations.
Today’s challenges are considerable: terrorist acts, major man-made and natural disasters, unplanned failures of vital infrastructure and unprecedented refugee streams all require the collaboration of more and more highly-trained specialists.
Connection and integration
Amid these challenges, modern software and data processing infrastructure make a big difference to government agencies, fire departments, rescue services and aid agencies in the field. One thing that is standing in the way of making these technology solutions even more useful in the field is a lack of unified standards. At the moment, different agencies and organizations have different technology systems that don't always ‘talk’ to each other very effectively. Similar things can be said of the different people, policies and organizational structures involved. In short, what inter-disciplinary and inter-organizational emergency responses need is connection, integration and interfaces – between people and between technologies.