INTERSCHUTZ USA – October 13-17, 2020, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

Hannover Fairs USA To Launch INTERSCHUTZ USA 

New Trade Show from the Organizer of World’s Largest Firefighting Equipment and Safety Event to Debut October 13-17, 2020 in Philadelphia 

CHICAGO – June 20, 2019 – Hannover Fairs USA (HFUSA), the U.S. subsidiary of Hannover, Germany’s Deutsche Messe – one of the world’s largest and most active organizers of capital goods trade shows, announced today that it will debut INTERSCHUTZ USA focused on the North American firefighting equipment and safety industry. INTERSCHUTZ USA will take place October 13-17, 2020 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa. INTERSCHUTZ is the world’s largest trade show for fire and rescue services, taking place every five years in Hannover, Germany.  

The new five-day event will incorporate a global view of firefighting equipment and tactics. INTERSCHUTZ USA will respect the traditions of the U.S. fire service and will demonstrate firefighter safety solutions that incorporate current and emerging strategies and technologies in the U.S., as well as introduce what other industry experts and visionaries are doing globally.  

“The U.S. fire service has tremendous respect for the INTERSCHUTZ brand and its size and scope. Many of the industry representatives we have been meeting with are incredibly enthusiastic about the launch of the show in America,” said Larry Turner, president and CEO of HFUSA. “This is an exciting time for all of us at Hannover Fairs USA as we move forward with our latest event launch.”  

INTERSCHUTZ USA will meet the needs of a 21st century fire service, highlighting the latest in technology, strategy and operations, and firefighter safety and effectiveness. “We have a great opportunity with INTERSCHUTZ USA, not to modernize an existing event – with the challenges that brings – but to build an event for current and future firefighting leadership,” added Turner.  

INTERSCHUTZ USA will target U.S.-based firefighting professionals and will offer the industry a new experience complete with social events, family events and participation from the Philadelphia Fire Department. Members of the Philadelphia Fire Department and exhibitors will showcase the advances and leadership in fire service technology and tactics from Philadelphia, across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.  

“The members of the Philadelphia Fire Department couldn’t be more excited to welcome the world to Philadelphia by hosting INTERSCHUTZ USA with our regional partners, allowing us to showcase the city and the field of emergency response. Since 1736, the Philadelphia Fire Department has been dedicated to safety, innovation and best practices, and we look forward to INTERSCHUTZ USA and all it has to offer in October 2020,” said Adam Thiel, fire commissioner of the Philadelphia Fire Department and director of the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management.  

“Local 22 IAFF is ecstatic to have such a renowned event like INTERSCHUTZ with its diverse exhibitors come to Philadelphia with INTERSCHUTZ USA. Philadelphia is the city where the fire fighting traditions were established over 275 years ago,” said Mike Bresnan, president of Local 22 IAFF, Philadelphia Fire Fighters and Paramedics Union. “Philadelphia has a proud history of firefighting innovation led by Ben Franklin who organized the country’s first Union Fire Company in 1736,” said Kavin Schieferdecker, senior vice president of the convention division at Philadelphia’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. “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.”  

For further information, please contact Ed Nichols at or +1 (773) 796-4250.  

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Media Contact: Kathy Zoeller Mattson Communications, Inc. 312-988-9352  


INTERSCHUTZ USA is a dynamic global fire-service event that serves the unique needs of the of the U.S. fire service. The inaugural show held October 13-17, 2020 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa. will foster discussion, debate and collaboration internationally in addressing firefighting equipment, operations and tactics, and firefighter safety and well-being. The trade show is focused on the needs of U.S. firefighting personnel and leadership and fire service manufacturers and providers.  

About Hannover Fairs USA  

Hannover Fairs USA, Inc. (HFUSA) is the U.S. subsidiary of Hannover, Germany’s Deutsche Messe – one of the world’s largest and most active organizers of industrial technology events and capital goods trade shows. Chicago-based HFUSA helps U.S. companies expand domestically and internationally through exhibit and sponsorship opportunities at Deutsche Messe’s worldwide portfolio of events. Participation in these events offers U.S. companies an unparalleled opportunity for business development through trade shows and conferences held in Hannover, Germany and North America, as well as in key markets such as China, India, Mexico and Turkey. HFUSA creates qualified new business leads, helps U.S. companies enter new markets and aids them in forming lasting partnerships.  



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