Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)

Cooperation with the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)

Since the summer semester 2016 there has been a cooperation project between the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief and the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld.

Students can receive ECTS points (practice-oriented work or advance performance practice-oriented work) for the basic training at THW.

What are the benefits of basic training?

Throughout Germany, 80,000 THW helpers are involved in their free time to provide professional help to people in need. With their great commitment, they assume civic responsibility and make a valuable contribution to society. Being able to help oneself and others, and to be able to help others, is a valuable asset in today's world.

Some also find their hobby for life in THW. In addition to the acquisition of ECTS points (or practice-oriented work in advance), it is also worthwhile for you to complete a THW basic training!

What does basic training involve?

The main learning is

  • the safe handling of the entire THW basic equipment,
  • working in a team,
  • the recognition, evaluation and solution of problems,
  • the measures for external and self-protection,
  • etc.

The THW basic training comprises around 80 hours and concludes with a theoretical and practical examination.

Topics of THW basic training
  • The THW in the structure of civil protection, disaster control and hazard prevention of the Federal Government and the Länder; THW and employers.
  • Basic principles of safety and health protection including introduction to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards.
  • Working with ropes, round slings, chains, wire ropes and tension belts.
  • Dealing with and securing ladders.
  • Power generation and lighting.
  • Wood, stone and metal working with hand and motor tools.
  • Moving loads with simple means and special equipment.
  • Safe working on and in the water.
  • Behaviour in use, self-protection.
  • Basics of the application of rescue methods.
  • Principles of use, rescue methods.
  • First aid course at the Environmental Campus.
  • Voice radio instruction.

As part of the THW basic training

  • you acquire numerous key qualifications (e.g. ability to work in a team),
  • you learn how to handle a variety of devices and tools,
  • you learn to combine theory and practice and
  • you can make contacts.
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Contact Person

Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)

Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)
branch Bad Kreuznach
Otto-Meffert-Straße 6
55543 Bad Kreuznach
phone: 0671 / 79 60 78 – 0
e-mail: poststelle.gst_bad-kreuznach@thw.de

Local association Idar-Oberstein
Am Rilchenberg 2
55743 Idar-Oberstein
phone: 06781 / 44 43 0


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