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Bringing the World to You

The Leading Brand in Fire and Rescue

For firefighters and other EMS personnel, INTERSCHUTZ leads the world attracting 150,000 attendees to Germany every five years. Hannover Fairs USA, a subsidiary of global exhibition leader Deutsche Messe, is bringing INTERSCHUTZ USA to Philadelphia, PA from October 13–16, 2021.

In its first year, INTERSCHUTZ USA promises to be the most comprehensive event dedicated to firefighters and fire-based EMS personnel in North America.

“The members of the Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Union IAFF Local # 22 are beyond excited to welcome INTERSCHUTZ USA to our beautiful city.”

Chuck McQuilkin

Vice President
Philadelphia Firefighters IAFF Local 22

Experience the World’s Best in Training, Equipment and Technology

Firefighters put their lives on the line every day. It is vital that they have the latest training, equipment and technology to safely and effectively protect their communities.

INTERSCHUTZ USA will incorporate a global perspective of firefighting strategy, tactics and equipment, respecting America’s fire service traditions while providing exposure to current and emerging strategies and technologies, domestically and around the world.


Multiple Education Tracks

3 days of insights from both national and international perspectives

Keynote Speakers

Insights and best practices from the fire service’s top names globally

Hands-On Training

Pre-conference sessions, live training, and product demonstrations

Curated Exhibition Floor 

Inside the impressive Pennsylvania Convention Center

Product Demonstrations

Showcasing the latest technological innovations

Networking Opportunities

Meet your fellow firefighters in a social environment

INTERSCHUTZ USA Sponsors & Partners:


“We are so pleased and honored that INTERSCHUTZ has selected Philadelphia to host their first U.S.-based trade show and look forward to building long-term relationships with Hannover Fairs USA.”

Kavin Schieferdecker

Senior Vice President of the Convention Division at
Philadelphia’s Convention and Visitors Bureau

INTERSCHUTZ: A strong, established name in firefighting

INTERSCHUTZ USA is the perfect complement to INTERSCHUTZ (Germany), the world’s largest trade fair for fire and rescue, civil protection, safety and security services.

This exciting new event will bring to America what audiences around the world have always enjoyed at INTERSCHUTZ (Germany), a success story that dates back more than 60 years.

INTERSCHUTZ (Germany) traces its history back to the “Red Rooster” fire brigade fair in the city of Essen, Germany, in 1953.

This groundbreaking event drew 75,000 visitors and provided detailed insights into the firefighting sector of the day, paving the way for future exhibitions.The name INTERSCHUTZ was first used in 1961, and today it is among the strongest global brands in firefighting.

Preparing for the Future, Based on a Strong History

Philadelphia, where the first American volunteer fire company under Ben Franklin was founded in 1736, provides the perfect home for INTERSCHUTZ USA. Building on this rich history, fire service personnel will enjoy access to the future of firefighting with demonstrations and presentations - including augmented reality, virtual reality and unmanned vehicle/drone technology - alongside the most current firefighting equipment, apparatuses, PPE and tools available.