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Flood disaster 2021 – equipment donation for fire departments

Flooding in July hit several regions of Germany hard, including the Ahrweiler district. Massive flooding as a result of heavy rain caused rivers to rise from 50cm to a high of over 11m and took a heavy toll. We remember the victims of this serious flood disaster and wish relatives and those affected much strength at this time.

The flood damage caused in the region is immense. Complex and lengthy clean-up operations are currently in full swing. The boundless willingness to help and solidarity on the ground is simply overwhelming and affects us deeply. Aid workers from large parts of Germany are coming to the flooded areas and offering their energetic help.

We at SmartEm also wanted to do our part for the rebuilding of the hard-hit regions. For this reason, we donated material to the Bad Neuenahr fire department and the surrounding fire departments. This includes a sling basket stretcher with the appropriate accessories such as wheels or a float for water use, rescue cloths and filled emergency backpacks. This is because in several villages the entire fire department infrastructure has been destroyed – not only fire stations, but also vehicles and their equipment.

Our sales manager Jens Hartmann was on site this week to hand over the rescue equipment for the Bad Neuenahr fire department as well as the surrounding fire departments. The equipment was received by very grateful hands.

“The situation on the ground can hardly be described and is tantamount to a war zone. Fire departments, THW and rescue services as well as countless volunteers are doing their best.”

reports our sales manager Jens Hartmann

The firefighters perform a demanding service on site every day, while the majority of you are volunteers. Especially the local firefighters deserve a very big gratitude. “I was able to talk to comrades who have themselves been affected by the disaster and in some cases no longer have any identification papers or wallets, yet are tirelessly there for their fellow human beings,” Jens Hartmann tells us.

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