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information for the teams

Teams from all over the world signed up for the Holmatro Rescue Challenge that we originally planned in 2020. And in June 2022 we will finally get to meet the 20 teams that are going to compete in Hannover, Germany! The teams will be presented on this website soon. Check out the general information for teams below or skip to the FAQ


This is the second international Holmatro Rescue Challenge and it will again be hosted by Interschutz. The 5-day event will take place from 20-24 June 2022, on a large area right in the middle of the exhibition grounds. Check out the map where to find us (and don’t forget to stop by our indoor booth as well, Hall 26 - J27).
Want to see our first Rescue Challenge? Go to Flashback 2015.

Show your skills in a unique learning event 

The aim of the Holmatro Rescue Challenge is to facilitate a safe learning environment for teams from all over the world. What can you expect:

  • Challenging 20-minute vehicle extrication scenarios to free an entrapped ‘live patient’ using Holmatro Pentheon tools.
  • Each team will participate in one scenario.
  • Supervised by experienced assessors, who will judge your team’s command, medical and technical skills.
  • Judging criteria include use of the Team Approach, medical assessment, tool use techniques, patient handling, on-scene communication, general performance and overall team spirit.  
  • Each team will receive a debrief about their performance, providing a learning opportunity for all involved.  
  • The latest BMWs will be used for the challenge; the perfect opportunity to practice on a modern vehicle.
  • Before their challenge each team receives a Holmatro Equipment Familiarization Training as part of a Masterclass Extrication Techniques. 

Win prizes worth € 50,000 in total!

Besides the honor, the three winning teams will be rewarded with fantastic prizes of Holmatro Rescue Tool sets with a total value of € 50,000! Prizes will be presented to the winners in the following categories:

  • Best Overall Team
  • Best Technical Team
  • Best Team Spirit

In addition to having a chance at winning one of these great prizes, all participating teams will get the following:

  • Free Interschutz entrance tickets and parking tickets for two days.
  • You will be Holmatro VIP guests at our indoor and outdoor booth.
  • Your team will receive a video of their performance at the challenge.
  • All team members will receive a Holmatro goodie bag.

What you need to know to participate

Make sure to check out these criteria for participation: 

  • Each team must consist of six members, including a Team Leader and a Medic/First aider.
  • Participants must be competent within the field of road rescue/vehicle extrication.
  • Both users of Holmatro rescue equipment as well as users of other brands are welcome to participate.
  • The main language used in this international event will be English, so team members need to understand English or provide an interpreter.
  • A total of 20 teams will particiapate.  
  • Teams have been chosen at random with a maximum number of teams per country and continent.
  • Teams need to pay for their own transportation and stay during the event. 
  • All team members agree that photographic, audio and video recordings of the event may be used for any purpose.
  • Chosen teams will be requested to submit a short homemade introduction video that will be published on social media.


The Rescue Challenge will again be broadcast live by streaming video on this website and Holmatro’s social media channels.. Make sure to follow us on FacebookInstagramYouTube and Twitter to stay updated!

Any questions? Take a look at the FAQ or contact us! 

Frequently asked questions

Good to know: participating teams will receive a manual with all details before the event.
If you haven't found the answer to your question, please contact the event organization.

Where can I find which teams are participating?

The lineup of the 20 teams that will participate in the Holmatro Rescue Challenge will be presented soon!

On which day will my team compete in the Holmatro Rescue Challenge?

The program will be published on this website in March. Your team will receive a more detailed time schedule in spring 2022. 

How long will my team be at Interschutz?

Your team will receive tickets for two days admission to the Interschutz exhibition. If you would like to stay longer you will need to buy extra entrance tickets.

Is there an opening or award ceremony that my team is required to be present at?

There is no opening ceremony for the Holmatro Rescue Challenge. You are welcome to join the award ceremony that will take place on Friday afternoon, but this is not required. We will establish a video connection with the winning teams if they are not present on Friday.

What are the costs of participating in the Holmatro Rescue Challenge?

The sign up of your team for the Holmatro Rescue Challenge is free of charge. Travel and lodging need to be arranged and paid for by the teams.

Does my team need to bring any rescue equipment?

Holmatro will provide a range of rescue tools in the pit. Only Holmatro (hydraulic) rescue equipment will be used. A detailed list of the rescue equipment being used will become available in the manual (spring 2022) for the selected teams.

Do I need to bring my own PPE?

Yes, wear suitable clothing and personal protective equipment as required and approved by your agency. You are also expected to supply your own consumables (latex gloves, dust masks etc.) 

Do I need a visa to visit Germany?

Depending on the country where you live you may need a Schengen visa, for which you need to apply at the German embassy. Please check out this website for all details and a list of countries whose nationals need a visa. 

I need a visa, can you help?

If you require a visa we will send you a personalized formal invitation letter that you can use to apply for a visa at the embassy. In order to create this invitation we need a scan of your passport (JPG or PDF) which you can send to [email protected].

How do I arrange my hotel for the Holmatro Rescue Challenge?

You need to make your own hotel reservation. The following agencies can assist you in finding a room: Visit Hannover or TEST (Travel Event Service Team).

How can my supporters follow the Holmatro Rescue Challenge?

The entire Holmatro Rescue Challenge will be broadcast live on social media. And of course your supporters can join you on your trip and buy entrance tickets to Interschutz to watch your team in action. 


If you have any questions or would like to receive additional information, please send an email to [email protected]. You can also contact Ms Manon Hart (for general questions) or Mr Ronald de Zanger (for technical questions) at +31 162 589 200.

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