Alpine Rescue

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoThe Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) was established in 1959 at Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood, Oregon making it the oldest Search and Rescue association in the United States.  The first major operation was on Mount McKinley in 1960. Mountain rescue began in the European Alps years before it began in America. Historic film footage exists of early mountain rescue techniques and shows mountain rescue training at Wilder Kaiser, Austria, in 1948.    Wastl Mariner and others developed these techniques in Austria and Germany in the late 1940s. Around 1950, a German immigrant named Wolf Bauer brought a copy of this film to Seattle and this was the beginning of mountain rescue in the U.S. A few years later, the MRA was born with a mission to save lives and educate people about mountain safety. Many mountain rescue organizations now exist throughout the U.S., including Evergreen’s own Alpine Rescue Team. You can learn more about what they’re doing on facebook.


And… if you haven’t gotten your 2012 Firefighter Calendar yet, it’s not too late! You can purchase them at The Big Chili. 100% of the proceeds from every calendar sold through the end of the year goes to our local fire departments.


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