The Black Forest Mountain Rescue service has around 1,500 members, all of whom are volunteers. Whatever the weather or terrain, the volunteers go to the aid of injured people in the Black Forest area, which ranges from Karlsruhe to the Swiss border.
In September 2016 alone, members of the service went to the aid of several hikers who had fallen, for example. In addition to first aid, the volunteers also have to transport the injured from the scene of the accident to the nearest road using a mountain stretcher. The organization also rescued mountain bikers and motorbike riders who had left the track, as well as three crashed paragliders.
The Black Forest Mountain Rescue service maintains a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter as an operation command vehicle in order to coordinate its call-outs. The vehicle requires digital radio equipment in order to manage call-outs in a way that is faster and more targeted. However, the funds provided by the state of Baden-Württemberg are not sufficient for this.
That is why Daimler ProCent is contributing EUR 7,350 for the conversion and equipment of the operation command vehicle with digital radio and a mobile hand-held radio device.
You can find out more about the Black Forest Mountain Rescue service at www.bergwacht-schwarzwald.de