It’s a mystic place. Berlin Devil’s Mountain. Piled up with World War II rubble. An artificial hill just outside of German capital Berlin. And once, in the times of the Cold War, a seemingly perfect place for a listening station.
A heavy explosion in one of the logistic centers near-by Cologne airport. 35 people in the building. Some injured, some dead. “It is a real scenario,” says Lars Drewes, head of the airport’s fire service.
In up to three – for incidents on the taxiway – or five minutes for other areas the fire service has to be on location. A mission the team accomplished for the latest emergency test.
Apart from undergoing all processes of rescuing, the test also is a test of cooperation with Cologne’s fire service, as well as other relief forces. “It is a constant dialogue we have,” says Drewes.
Just 45 minutes on board of one of the frequently leaving ferrys. For the price of just 6 Euros for both ways. We are approaching German North Sea island Fehmarn from the north – starting in Danish town Rødby.