ARA Flugrettung recently became a member of the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR), an organisation that promotes the development of alpine rescue and safety. The announcement was made at the ICAR Conference at Lake Tahoe, US, which was attended by delegates from 33 countries. ARA Flugrettung, which is a subsidiary of DRF Luftrettung, said it will contribute its experience gained from over 10 years of work from its Austrian HEMS bases in Reutte and Fresach.
Michael Schweiger, chief emergency paramedic at the Reutte HEMS base, will represent ARA Flugrettung at ICAR. He commented: “During the meeting of delegates at Lake Tahoe, I presented the remit of the ARA Flugrettung. We are delighted to be accepted as a permanent member of the ICAR. In this way we can network even better at an international level.”
Steffen Lutz, managing director of ARA Flugrettung, added: “By being included in ICAR, ARA Flugrettung will benefit from a highly professional exchange of ideas. We would like to contribute our many years of know-how and also help to ensure high quality standards in alpine rescue.”
Photo: ICAR's outgoing president, Gerold Biener of Air Zermatt, congratulates Michael Schweiger on ARA Flugrettung’s membership (courtesy ARA Flugrettung)