THW German Federal Agency for Technical Relief - Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk
With its voluntary basis of about 80,000 voluntary experts THW German Federal Agency for Technical Relief, (Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk ) as an authority within the department of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, is possibly “unique”.
Across the world, the structure of THW is unique: As a federal agency, THW belongs to the department of the Federal Ministry of the Interior.
However, only one percent of the staff works fulltime for the authority. 99 percent of the THW-members work on a voluntary basis for THW.
Nationwide more than 80,000 volunteers commit themselves during their leisure time in 668 local sections in order to provide professional help to people in distress.
CTIF Note: THW, as a national agency, is currently not formally an Associate Member in CTIF, but remains an important partner of CTIF. THW's membership in CTIF is maintained through the German Fire Association, DFW.
Learn more about THW, its task, its history and their fascination for helping which moves so many: