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information for the teams

In September 2019 we invited teams to register for the Holmatro Rescue Challenge and the response was overwhelming: 87 teams from 36 countries signed up! The 29 teams that are going to compete in the event are presented on the lineup page. 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 6-day event will take place from 15-20 June 2020, 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 - H30).
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’. Each team will participate in one scenario.
  • Supervised by experienced international 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 and a Masterclass on 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.
  • The maximum number of teams is 29.  
  • Teams will be 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 presented by English and German speaking moderator Felix Uhlig. The whole event will be broadcast live by streaming video on this website and on 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 early 2020.
If you haven't found the answer to your question, please contact the event organization.

Where can I find which teams are participating?

Check out the lineup for an overview of the 29 teams that will participate in the Holmatro Rescue Challenge.

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

Check out the program to see on which day your team will compete. Your team will receive a more detailed time schedule in spring 2020. 

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 joint the award ceremony that will take place on Saturday afternoon, but this is not required. We will establish a video connection with the winning teams if they are not present on Saturday.

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 (early 2020) 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 challenge@holmatro.com.

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, TEST (Travel Event Service Team) or Travel Tracker.

How can my supporters follow the Holmatro Rescue Challenge?

The entire Holmatro Rescue Challenge will be broadcast live on the internet via this website and 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 challenge@holmatro.com. 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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