The first meeting of the new formed ILSE working group ‘Disaster Operations and Civil Protection’ took place from July 23rd – 26th in Bad Nenndorf, Germany. The Head of the working group Hans-Hermann Höltje (Germany) welcomed the group members from Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Serbia and the United Kingdom. He also welcomed the Honorary Life-President Dr. Klaus Wilkens and the Chair of ILSE Rescue Commission Ortwin Kreft.
Main topics and discussion points of the Meetings were:
• preparedness of the population
• rescue in case of floods
The members of the working group informed each other about the actual situation in their countries. The following discussions took place in a constructive and engaged atmosphere. The group members worked to develop some ‘Terms of Reference’ and make a series of recommendations to the ILSE Rescue Commission about the on-going work of the working group.
The next meeting of the working group should take place in March 2016 in The Netherlands.