“The alarm sounded Tuesday
morning at 12:30 am,” recalls firefighter Oliver Schmitz (47)
of Gifhorn, who works in the
body shop at the Wolfsburg plant. A little while later, he and his fellow firefighters were heading toward Meppen in the fire department’s Unimog 4x4. Their mission was to supply the firefighters on the front line with water. Each of the five cross-country vehicles holds 2,000 liters. “We slept in a tent city,” says Schmitz, describing the exceptional situation in the Emsland region. All of them returned to Wolfsburg unscathed. The large-scale deployment left a lasting impression on them. “It really gets you worked up,” says Schmitz.