Rescue services operational in Kalymnos!What climber has not heard of Kalymnos? The Greek island located in the southeastern Aegean Sea, just off the coast of Turkey, is world-renowned for its many cliffs. With more than 2000 routes for all levels, Petzl RocTrip set up its base camp in Kalymnos in 2006… Even though rock climbers flock there in droves, the island had no formal rescue services for climbing accidents. Local residents called upon the Petzl Foundation to help to train them in rope rescue techniques.
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.
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.