Czech Mountain Rescue celebrates 80 years of service

It was exactly 80 years ago when mountain guides, porters, local policemen, firemen and members of ski, hiking and Sokol clubs joined together to save lives in the Krkonoše Mountains.

Right before winter of 1934 a separate Brigade of six sections was created to save lives in mountains. Later, in May 12, 1935 united organization of Mountain Rescue Service in Krkonoše mountains was founded for the purpose of assisting tourists and first five first-aid stations were build.

Now in 2014 Mountain Rescue Service operates 79 stations in 7 Czech mountains. Its members operate 44 vehicles, 86 snowmobiles and 42 off-road ATVs. Under the flag of Mountain Rescue Service, serves 12 avalanche and search dogs and Mountain Rescue annually helps about 8,000 people in need on remote places.

Possible 2014 cuts avoided

Czech Mountain Rescue avoided cuts that were planned for this year because of an insufficient budget. Ministry for Regional Development has increased this year’s operating subsidy by 15 million to 110 million crowns.