ISAR Operation: Flood in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate
Segments of operation: People search, assessment of damaged buildings and bridges, clearance, support of crisis management
Deployment period: 17-28/07/2021
Deployment location: Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Dernau, Erftstadt, Stolberg, Vicht, Zweifall
Deployment request: Police Rhineland-Palatinate, crisis unit and building authority Erftstadt and Stolberg
Between 17 and 28 July 2021, our partners from ISAR Germany were requested by the police of Rhineland-Palatinate, the crisis unit of Erftstadt and Stolberg and different building authorities, to support activities during the flood in the area of Ahrtal as well as in Stolberg and Erftstadt in Germany. A variety of assistance was sought: people search using human remains detection dogs and technical equipment, the assessment of damaged buildings and bridges and the clearance of streets, buildings and public spaces. Overall more than 40 team members, 6 dogs and numerous patrol cars and construction vehicles were in operation.
The team was stationed at the Nürburgring, where the assembly area of the police was located. Due to the experience with large-scale emergencies, the first responders of ISAR Germany led the team inside the buildings. Within the scope of the deployment, technical localization techniques were used. Especially for bridges and underpasses, which were not walkable, a camera for the localization of missing people was used. Furthermore, the expertise of ISAR Germany for a fast evaluation of damaged buildings was used to determine the accessibility of building for first responders and residents. In addition, the Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia requested the support of ISAR Germany to assess the risks and threats of the flooded gravel pit in Erftstadt.
In total, ISAR Germany examined more than 40 buildings and 25 bridges, using drones and the extensive experiences of several emergencies and disasters. All partners, ISAR Germany, the federal police force and the government authorities, evaluated this joint deployment as very effective and useful.