It’s been an exciting time for Blue Shield Germany!
June saw them providing support for the 12th Joint Cooperation 2023 Exercise, which focusses on practicing civil-military cooperation. The exercise takes place in the Nienburg region in Lower Saxony. More than 300 participants from 27 nations are involved as active training troops or observers and train what civil-military cooperation is all about: identifying the concerns of the civilian population in a country of deployment in order to take them into account in military planning. For the first time this year, the focus was also on the protection of cultural property in a conflict scenario in collaboration with Blue Shield Germany. The training force considered and evaluated requests from the population of Altraverdo, for example talking to religious leaders and civic dignitaries regarding cultural protection concerns and how these can be factored into military planning.
Blue Shield Germany hosted a two-day seminar on “Cultural Property Protection: The Emergency! What now?” in the University Library of TH Köln.
This was followed by another seminar for emergency cultural property protection. Participants were able to deal with a damage event using the newly developed Cologne roll-off container for cultural property protection – a complete success!
When cultural heritage is damaged by events such as natural disasters, accidents, or fires, then rapid salvage and first aid are required. However, not every cultural institution has the necessary set-up to provide professional first aid. The Cologne Emergency Association of Archives and Libraries and the Cologne Fire Brigade have developed a roll-off container for such scenarios. The transportable container offers workstations for written and photographic documentation, cleaning and general packing of cultural objects. It is also a storage space for almost all the necessary materials and equipment. Completed in 2020, the container has already been successfully deployed twice in the summer of 2021 to support institutions affected by the devastating floods in Germany.