Rapid deployment unit rescue abroad

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THW in aid operation during the floods in Romania

The Rapid Deployment Unit Search and Rescue Abroad (SEEBA) (English Rapid Deployment Unit Search and Rescue ) of the Technisches Hilfswerk is a tactical unit for emergency Urban Search and Rescue as the INSARAG Guidelines of the UN demand. It can be deployed worldwide with its 70 helpers and is ready for departure six hours after being alerted ; The alert is usually issued by the Federal Ministry of the Interior or the Foreign Office . It includes biological tracking, i.e. rescue dogs , technical tracking, technical rescue options and medical care .


The SEEBA essentially has five tasks:

  • Locating and rescuing buried people
  • Recovery of dead and property
  • Expert advice to local authorities and auxiliary staff ( coordination )
  • Providing technical assistance (such as drinking water supply, establishing an infrastructure)
  • Exploring follow-up help options

SEEBA can do this both at home and abroad.

SEEBA module spectrum

Personnel / structure

The largest module of the SEEBA comprises 70 volunteer helpers, all of whom must have passed the occupational medical check- ups according to principles G26.2 and G35. All functions are staffed several times in order to ensure constant availability and, if necessary, to cope with several missions at the same time. The composition of the modules has emerged from previous assignments and corresponds to the requirements of INSARAG.

With the exception of the exploration team, the module used always consists of leadership, logistics with medical components, and locating and rescue units.

The medical component consists of at least one emergency doctor and is increased to three emergency doctors and two paramedics for larger modules. It provides medical care for its own emergency services and the rescued persons and is the contact person for questions relating to hygiene, the risk of epidemics or the like. The non-medical members of SEEBA-San are full-time paramedics of the various aid organizations operating in Germany.

These modules can be used as shown in the following scheme:

All modules can be used completely autonomously and independently of one another for up to ten days. The type and size of the modules depends on the requirements in the crisis area. Overall, SEEBA units exist in three local branches in Germany. These are located in Bocholt ( North Rhine-Westphalia ), Darmstadt ( Hesse ) and Freisen - Nohfelden ( Saarland ).


The SEEBA specialists are firmly integrated into a local branch of the THW and take part in its exercises. In addition, they complete the i. d. Usually monthly SEEBA exercises or trainings. The general requirements of THW service regulation 2 apply to training and further education.

Vehicles / equipment

The equipment of the SEEBA weighs a total of 15 tons and can be loaded in the form of light metal boxes with any scheduled airliner . It includes rescue equipment, tracking devices, the camp equipment with power generator (40 kVA), a field kitchen and food for ten days as well as nine rescue dogs . With better air transport capacities, vehicles such as SUVs and small trucks with trailers can be carried.

The medical equipment is available in three places in order to be able to look after two deployment sites and the base camp. An emergency doctor takes care of the medical care in the camp. A paramedic and an emergency doctor at each of the two damaged areas. The equipment is already packed in aluminum boxes. It includes, among other things, tents, EKG / defibrillators, a large emergency backpack with an ampoule kit, various rescue and immobilization devices such as a scoop stretcher, Prosplint, KED, blankets, stretcher, consumables.

The entire equipment is kept in the ZAL (Center for Foreign Logistics) of the THW in Mainz.

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