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Recognising the work of volunteers

25.11.2016 - Article

Minister of State Böhmer thanked volunteer members of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) for their work in Germany and abroad.

Minister of State Böhmer thanked volunteer members of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) for their work in Germany and abroad.

Minister of State Böhmer with THW volunteers in the Blue Hall at the Federal Foreign Office
Minister of State Böhmer with THW volunteers in the Blue Hall at the Federal Foreign Office© AA

On 24 November, Minister of State Böhmer welcomed to the Federal Foreign Office volunteer members of the local THW chapters in Frankenthal and Landau, as well as high‑level THW representatives and Members of the German Bundestag Thomas Gebhart and Stephan Mayer.

The visitors from Land Rhineland-Palatinate set up a Christmas tree in the Blue Hall of the Federal Foreign Office. It had been transported there from their home region and was being handed over with an official ceremony.

“Through your work, you help people in need around the world”

Minister of State Böhmer thanked the volunteer members of the THW for their tireless efforts. She expressed special appreciation for both the work they do in Germany and their willingness to provide assistance abroad:

Through your civil protection work, and that of your approximately 80,000 colleagues, you not only help people in Germany, but also time and again assist people in need around the world, especially in disaster areas.

Minister of State Böhmer in particular praised the organisation’s integration initiative, through which the THW enables volunteers from, among other places, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria to participate in the Agency’s work and training programmes:

“The fact that just recently one individual who had fled Syria was able to take and pass your basic training exam is great news. Thanks to you, refugees are given the valuable opportunity to become an integral part of our society,” the Minister of State said.

The President of the Federation of THW chapters, Member of the German Bundestag Stephan Mayer, also thanked the volunteers for their tremendously important civil protection and disaster relief work. He expressed his appreciation of the fact that the THW received a substantial funding increase during the German Bundestag’s final budgetary meetings. This increase includes 100 million euros for modernising the THW’s fleet of vehicles by 2023. In his speech, President of the THW Broemme thanked the political representatives for this appreciation of the work of the THW.

Already the second Christmas tree from Frankenthal

This is the second year that the THW chapter in Frankenthal set up the tree at the Federal Foreign Office, in addition to one at the Representation of Land Rhineland-Palatinate and, for the first time, one at the Bundesrat.

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