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100 years of the Mountain Rescue Service

100 years of the Mountain Rescue Service

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Datum izida:5/24/2012 10:00:00 PM
Oblikovanje:Andrej Žagar, Vasja Žemva
Motiv:Mountain Rescue Service
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100 years of the Mountain Rescue Service

<p>The Mountain Rescue Service of Slovenia (Gorska reševalna služba Slovenije, GRS) was founded on 16 June 1912 in Kranjska Gora. Under the aegis of the then Slovene Mountaineering Society (SPD), the first “rescue station” was set up at that time. So this year, Slovene mountain rescuers celebrate their centenary.</p><p>&#160;</p><p>After the Second World War, the GRS communications centre was first located in Jesenice. Following the major accident at Špik in 1952 (five dead climbers), however, it was moved to Ljubljana. At that time the GRS was organised as one of the committees within the Slovene Alpine Association (Planinska zveza Slovenije). It functioned in this form right up until 2006, when Slovenia’s mountain rescuers organised themselves into the independent Mountain Rescue Association of Slovenia (GRZS). In 1955 the GRS (as a representative of the then Yugoslavia) was also a founding member of the International Commission for Alpine Rescue, IKAR.</p><p>&#160;</p><p>Today the ranks of GRZS number 692 members (rescuers), who operate in 17 societies or GRS stations. Their rescue work can be divided into&#58; helicopter rescue, classic rescue, rescue from avalanches and seeking missing persons. Mountain rescuers are alpinists, mountain guides or experienced mountaineers with special skills (medics, rescue dog handlers and others), who must train on GRZS courses in how to provide first aid and use special rescue equipment.&#160; </p><p>&#160;</p><p>Where in 1912 and later, rescuers for the most part carried accident victims down into the valley on their backs, nowadays (100 years later) rescuers carry out most rescue missions using helicopters. </p><p>Since their founding, Slovene mountain rescuers have always performed their humanitarian work without being paid, and for the most part in their spare time.</p><p>&#160;</p><p>Vasja Žemva</p><p><br>&#160;</p>

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