06.11.2023 |
DRF Luftrettung

Further development of alpine rescue: DRF Luftrettung joins the “International Commission for Alpine Rescue“

Hubschrauber mit Rettungswinde
A DRF Luftrettung H145 with five-bladed rotor during a winch exercise (Photo: Olga von Plathe, source: DRF Luftrettung)

In future, DRF Luftrettung will be represented as a permanent member of ICAR (International Commission for Alpine Rescue), the leading international professional organisation for alpine rescue. This was recently decided unanimously at the ICAR conference in Toblach, Italy, which brought together around 200 delegates from 41 countries.  

The aim of ICAR and its 72 international member organisations is to further develop alpine rescue, set new standards and increase safety. In future, DRF Luftrettung will be involved in ICAR's operational areas "AirCom" / Air Rescue and "MedCom" / Medicine. "As an air rescue organisation that has been rescuing people from inaccessible areas for over 20 years, we fully identify with the objectives of ICAR. We are therefore very pleased to be able to contribute our experience and know-how to the Commission and at the same time benefit from such a large network," explains Sebastian Schneider, Head of Hoist Operation at DRF Luftrettung.  

In his inaugural presentation, Sebastian Schneider emphasised to the delegates that DRF Luftrettung plays a pioneering role in helicopter hoist operation: "For many years, we have been committed to safe hoist operation, for example as an organizer of our HHO symposium. We can now intensify the dialogue that we have already had with ICAR as part of our permanent membership". 

Ein Hubschrauber des Typs H145 mit Fünfblattrotor und Rettungswinde. (Quelle: DRF Luftrettung)
Treffen für Windenspezialisten (Quelle: DRF Luftrettung).