Simple jobs become new challenges

After a long break, the training operations at the kitzingen branch of the technical relief organization (THW) get underway again under strict sanitary conditions. Around 20 helpers from the local association arrive at the start of training with mouth-nose protection and a distance of 1.5 meters.

Due to the corona pandemic, on 13. March the management of THW kitzingen decided to stop the service and training operation for the time being. One day later, the THW management in bonn officially announced the discontinuation of operations. The aim was to ensure the operational readiness of the local associations.

Due to the falling number of infections, the THW was able to relax its regular training operations after twelve weeks – a challenge for the instructors. With a strict hygiene concept adapted to the THW, the first training after the "corona break" was a very successful one have been planned.

Masks must be worn

Many points had to be taken into account. Thus it was specified to keep the minimum distance of 1.5 meters. Mouth-nose protection and community masks were provided by THW. These must be carried at all times and, if the minimum distance cannot be maintained, must also be worn.

Instructor amelie dorberth chose the topic of behavior on and around water for the first training session. A typical training topic for the local association with the specialist group for water hazards. THW helpers have often launched boats or built moorings for boats. But with mouth-to-nose covering and 1.5 meter clearance, simple work became new challenges.

Amelie dorberth, who is the squad leader in the water hazards specialist group, had come up with a number of different tasks, taking into account the hygiene inspections. Various boat maneuvers such as man-overboard or docking two boats during the voyage were practiced. Naturally with a smaller boat crew, in order to maintain the necessary distance here as well.

Other helpers were able to build various types of jetties and pontoons on land using the jet-float system, a modular plug-in system made of air-filled plastic floats, and test its load-bearing capacity.

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