Article and photos by George Potter
Held once every five years, the INTERSCHUTZ – International Exhibition for Rescue, Fire Prevention, Disaster Relief, Safety and Security is by far the most extensive professional commercial exhibition in the world. The event coincides with the German national firefighters congress and muster, which attracts thousands of the nation’s nearly one million volunteers and career emergency responders, plus thousands more from fire services all around the globe. The nearly weeklong event, held June 7 -12, 2010, attracted more than 125,000 visitors from 46 countries who attended the exhibition, seminars, demonstrations, and hands-on training sessions. According to the organizers, attendance was some 25 percent more than anticipated.
George H. Potter is a practicing fire protection specialist who has lived in Spain for the past 45 years. He served as an Anne Arundel County, Maryland, volunteer firefighter with the Riva Volunteer Fire Department and the Independent Hose Company in Annapolis and as an ambulance driver with the Wheaton (MD) Rescue Squad. He served six years in the United States Air Force as a firefighter, an apparatus driver/operator, and a crew chief. He has been involved in fire protection system installation, mobile fire apparatus design, and construction and fire safety training. He is a Spain-certified fire service instructor and a hazmat specialist, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Spanish Firefighters’ Association (ASELF).