Siber Tischer is just 29, but has already spent six years directing the local chapter of the Technical Relief Agency (THW), which provides disaster relief with both equipment and expertise. A few weeks ago it went into action in response to flooding in Wolfsburg and also in neighboring cities such as Wolfenbüttel and Hildesheim. The Wolfsburg THW chapter pumped water out of cellars and shafts, and helped to fill and transport sandbags. Siber Tischer, who is German-Brazilian, put in 950 hours of volunteer work for the THW last year – most of it in his free time. He represents the Wolfsburg chapter, plans, supervises, and joins in on work details himself. “I really enjoy it,” he says.