Labor of Love: France's PGHM mountain rescue unit in ReunionThe PGHM mountain rescue unit on the island of Reunion, like the other PGHM mountain rescue units, is tasked with providing rescue services to the public, searching for missing persons (as requested by law enforcement or the administration), and protecting the natural environment. Although they are located 10,000 km from mainland France, PGHM Reunion still works closely with Petzl to monitor and provide feedback on PPE (personal protective equipment) performance. In spite of the Indian Ocean's exotic element, certain rescues on the island of Reunion are among the most hazardous. The rescuers, mechanics, and pilots should know since they have all also worked in the French Alps.
Grimpday 2013, the international challenge for search and rescue in hazardous environmentsGrimpday is an international challenge that brings together search and rescue teams from around the world (firefighters, civil defense, military, and police). The event took place in Namur, Belgium, where teams competed against each other through exercises involving the unique elements related to search and rescue in hazardous environments. This event was created in 2006 by members of Namur’s regional fire department. The 2013 edition took place on Saturday, June 8, 2013, in the beautiful Belgian city. Petzl is proud to support this initiative that reinforces the development of effective techniques for rescues in hazardous environments.
Technical rescue: Raid Rescue 3 in EquatorThe Raid Rescue was created in 2011 as a different type of event for rescue and emergency professionals in South America, a forum allowing them to share their expertise, collective strategies, and their experience for intervention and rescue in difficult-to-access environments.
Petzl launches an in depth study with equipment users: participate and provide your measurements!Petzl is conducting a study in order to better adapt its products to different user body types. If you use harnesses, helmets, or head lamps, we cordially invite you to participate in this study. The results will contribute to new product development.
Technical Rescue: Nighttime exercises in the French AlpsMonday, February 18, 2013, 8:30pm. In the Dévouluy Mountains of France’s Hautes-Alpes department, GMSP 05’s (Hautes-Alpes Firefighter Mountain Rescue Group) red van comes to a halt in the Pic de Bure aerial tram parking lot. On board the search and rescue team is preparing to start a winter nighttime mountain rescue exercise. The goal is simple, simulate rescuing a skier who has fallen into Rocher de Corne’s Chourum cave and then transport the victim to the parking lot where an ambulance will be waiting with medical personnel.
VIDEO – The full version of the 2012 Petzl RopeTrip filmPetzl RopeTrip’s first edition took place from October 5-7, 2012, at V.axess, Petzl’s official training center in Crolles, France. The goal of this challenge was to bring together rope access workers from around the world for a festival and the opportunity to share best practices and knowledge with peers.
VIDEO: IKAR CISA 2012 in KrynicaThe complete video from the 64th congress of the International Commission for Mountain Rescue is now available. Technical workshops, conferences, equipment demonstrations, all of the conference highlights are now on video!
IKAR CISA - international mountain rescue conference 2012The 64th congress of the International Commission for Mountain Rescue took place in Krynica, Poland, October 2-7, 2012. More than 400 mountain rescue professionals from around the world gathered at the event to discuss and share techniques, knowledge, and equipment for improving the effectiveness of mountain rescue.
Lectures and technical workshops to enrich the profession
VIDEO - GrimpDay 2012 - International technical rope rescue competitionGrimpDay’s 7th edition took place on May 12, 2012, in Belgium.
This international challenge brought together search and rescue teams from around the world.
One hundred and eighty search and rescue professionals (firefighters, military, police, etc.) from 30 teams met in Namur, Belgium. Each workshop focused on the specifics of search and rescue techniques in a hazardous environment. A flawlessly organized event and gorgeous weather made this edition a resounding success.