ICAR 2018 Chamonix | International Commission for Alpine Rescue
ICAR 2018

17-20th October 2018 Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Mountain rescue in France

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International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR)

This year, the ICAR congress will take place in Chamonix, France.
2018 is the 70th anniversary of the ICAR congress and the 60th anniversary of the creation of public service mountain rescue teams in France. This congress is a prodigious event and a great opportunity to share techniques and discuss how to improve the safety of mountain rescue personnel. The French ICAR members are honoured to welcome you to Chamonix and committed to make this event a success.

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The International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR) comprises 103 members from 37 countries. Its main objectives are to provide a structure for research into rescue techniques, elaborate prevention strategies, and standardise equipment used.

It brings together professional mountain rescue workers from all around the world. Four separate commissions (air, medical, terrestrial and avalanche) work together to find solutions to issues which affect rescue teams everywhere.
After two days of working in commissions, participants will have the opportunity to spend Friday 19th October at the Grands Montets ski resort, where they will be able to take part in a practical session on avalanche rescue and issues related to global warming. The following (and final) day will be dedicated to sharing experiences and exchanging feedback on mountain rescue operations.

Organising committee

The French members of ICAR will be responsible for organising the congress. These include ENSA, ANENA, La Chamoniarde, FFME, ANMSM and the Mountain Rescue Group, which comprises rescue workers and doctors from the PGHM (gendarmes), the CRS (police), the GMSP (fire and rescue service) and helicopter crews from the Gendarmerie Nationale and the Sécurité Civile.

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Chamonix Mont-Blanc

The French town of Chamonix is situated in a truly exceptional location at the foot of Mont Blanc and close to the Italian and Swiss borders. 

Although it is often considered the world capital of skiing and alpine climbing, this small town, with a population of just 9,400, has managed to retain its charm and its architectural heritage. Its long and rich history gives it an authentic feel.

Chamonix is an international venue which lives and breathes mountain sports. A huge number of activities can be enjoyed year-round.

In winter it is a Mecca for skiing, snowboarding, and free-riding. It is home to some of the world’s best-known descents and resorts, such as the incomparable Vallée Blanche, or the legendary Grands Montets ski area.