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    I just stumbled upon my state's extended disaster protection plans outlining what kind of units would be put where.

    This is in regard to this older post and describes the additional state forces, albeit in the layout they take as of 2012. This layout is legally binding until 2019.

    For brevity's sake i'm restricting myself to the same region as in the post above, one of the twelve regions within the state. Regions within in the state have some autonomous planning authority. The region currently has a population of 1.15 million people on 2,442 km² of land.

    This region, Rhine-Neckar (within Baden-Württemberg), has the following forces available:
    • Specialization: Medical
      • 1 rescue helicopter troop
        • equipment: one helicopter (Bo-105CB)
        • men: (1/1/1/[3]): doctor, pilot, rescue assistant
        • role: air rescue
      • 7 medical assistance platoons
        • equipment: three personnel carriers, two ambulances, three trucks
        • men: (3/5/24/[32]): one doctor, sixteen medical assistants, eight drivers, two officers, five NCOs
        • role: establishing medical treatment and triage sites
      • 5 medical treatment platoons
        • vehicles and manpower identical to medical assistance platoon, slight differences in carried equipment
        • role: supports and expands medical assistance platoon role, runs treatment at sites
    • Specialization: Firefighting/Technical Assistance/NBC Defense
      • 3 company command units
        • equipment: two command/liaison vehicles, one personnel carrier, one truck
        • men: (4/3/5/[12]): four officers, three NCOs, five assistants/drivers
        • role: acts as command unit for two to five platoons of this specialization deployed to a single site
      • 4 firefighting platoons
        • equipment: two fire engines, one truck-mounted turntable ladder, one personnel carrier, one command/liaison vehicle
        • men: (1/4/17/[22]), includes six two-man firefighting troops with full protection equipment
        • role: firefighting and rescue of life, pumping water
      • 4 firefighting support platoons
        • equipment: two fire engines, one personnel carrier, one support vehicle (hoses), one command/liaison vehicle
        • men: (1/4/13/[18])
        • role: pumping water over longer distances, firefighting
      • 4 technical assistance platoons
        • equipment: one fire engine, one special equipment truck, one personnel carrier, one command/liaison vehicle
        • men: (1/3/12/[16]), includes two two-man firefighting troops with full protection equipment
        • role: technical assistance, breaching etc
      • 3 flood protection platoons
        • equipment: one fire engine, one special equipment truck, one boat (on trailer), one truck (transporting: 10 dirt water pumps, 3 generators, 1000 empty sandbags), one personnel carrier, one command/liaison vehicle
        • men: (1/4/13/[18])
        • role: assistance during flooding, pumping, simple dike combat (yeah, it's called that in German)
      • 2 dangerous substance platoons
        • equipment: two specialized trucks, one fire engine, one special equipment truck, one personnel carrier, one command/liaison vehicle
        • men: (1/5/15/[21])
        • role: supporting forces in dealing with any dangerous substances on deployment
      • 4 NBC defense platoons
        • equipment: one NBC decon truck, one fire engine, one NBC recon vehicle, one personnel carrier, one command/liaison vehicle
        • men: (1/4/16/[21]), minimum four men with full NBC protection incl. breathing system
        • role: personnel decontamination; NBC recon vehicle also available for independent operations
    • Specialization: Water Rescue
      • 2 water rescue platoons
        • equipment: three personnel carriers, one boat (on trailer), one equipment trailer, one command van
        • men: (1/4/16/[21]), including 3 divers and 4 swiftwater rescue men
        • role: rescue and evacuation of people, technical assistance in deployments near, on, in or under water


    Current federal civil protection forces within same area, all of these are within THW:
    • 10 Technical Platoons, base personnel:
      • equipment: (too long to list)
      • men: (1/6/18/[25])
      • role for base personnel: rescue/salvage
    • hooked up in the technical platoons as additional squads (1-2 squads in each):
      • 1 Demolitions Squad
        • equipment: one personnel carrier
        • men: (0/2/4/[6])
        • role: demolishing using explosives in pretty much any and all situations
      • 1 Lighting Squad
        • equipment: one personnel carrier, one floodlight trailer
        • men: (0/2/7/[9])
        • role: providing mobile floodlights for nighttime operations
      • 2 Clearing Squads RA
        • equipment: heavy digger, one 9t truck, one 18t trailer (for digger)
        • men: (0/2/7/[9])
        • role: removing rubble
      • 2 Clearing Squad RB
        • equipment: one light digger, one 3t truck, one 5t trailer (for digger)
        • men: (0/2/7/[9])
        • role: removing rubble
      • 2 Water Damage / Pumping Squad
        • equipment: one personnel carrier, two trucks, one towed heavy pump (on trailer)
        • men: (0/3/9/[12]), minimum four men with full NBC protection incl. breathing system
        • role: heavy-duty pumping after severe flooding (20+ m³/min total)
      • 1 Electric Supply Squad
        • equipment: one personnel carrier, one 7t truck, one 200 KW generator (on trailer)
        • men: (0/2/7/[9])
        • role: electric supply
      • 2 Water Dangers Squads
        • equipment: one personnel carrier, one 7t truck, one 7t trailer (transport: two boats, one generator, four pontons with ferrying equipment)
        • men: (0/3/9/[12])
        • role: riverine transport, evacuation from flooding, dike combat
      • 1 Locationing Squad
        • equipment: one personnel carrier, one dog transport trailer
        • men: (0/3/9/[12]), minimum three dog teams
        • role: locationing buried people using sniffer dogs
      • 1 Logistics and Support Squad
        • equipment: one liaison vehicle, two personnel carriers, one 7t truck, one 9t truck, one field kitchen (on trailer), one 5t trailer
        • men: (1/3/14/[18])
        • role: supply of up to 200 people
      • 1 Forward Command Squad
        • equipment: one personnel carrier, one command container (on truck)
        • men: (5/5/8/[18])
        • role: deployable on-site C3I system


    The state forces however have two men assigned to each post to increase readiness through redundancy, meaning their actual manpower is doubled from the above. The redundant personnel can man additional equipment if necessary, e.g. each of the above "specializations" has containerized equipment stationed throughout the state - for the above region there would be one "contaminated wounded treatment", one "flood pumping" and one "mass treatment / 50-person hospital" container as well as numerous extra light equipment. There is also a mobile networked command center that organizes registration of people (and wounded, and dead) within a disaster zone for information for relatives, nominally part of the "medical specialization".

    Total manpower is therefore:
    - state : (72/150/637/[869]) -> actual: (144/300/1274/[1738]), see paragraph above
    - federal : (16/94/284/[384])

    You might want to compare that to the federal civil protection forces given for the same region for 1989 in the post linked above. Back then there were ten times as many men engaged in that.
    Last edited by kato; 14 May 13,, 22:30.

  • #2
    One of the two above state water rescue platoons is currently deployed in the ongoing floods in East Germany btw, in a village of 2,000 people that is already two-thirds underwater and will lose the entire rest to the floods tonight.

    The above units have been busy the past two weeks rescuing people in the floods here locally. So far around here we have two dead people (one recovered, one probably on his way to the North Sea) and 17 drowned sheep.

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