The National Association of Mountain Rescuers in Romania (Salvamont Romania), the only mountain rescue service in our country, marks 52 years of activity under the name Salvamont and 117 years since the certification of the first organized mountain rescue structures.
The day chosen for this anniversary was set for August 1, the beginning of the most difficult month of the year for mountain rescuers, with the most incidents recorded during a year. To mark this date, Salvamont also announces a new version of its mobile application, developed together with its technology partner, Vodafone Romania.
The new version of the Salvamont mobile application is currently available for Android mobile devices while the iOS version will be launched soon, and includes a section of Information with tips for tourists on various sports or exploration activities, action guides for unforeseen situations, but also contact details of Mountain Rescue structures.
By accessing the Ask a question section, users can contact a local representative directly to receive answers about mountain conditions, guidance, slope conditions or the risk of avalanches or the practicability of the routes. In case of an emergency, users have at their disposal the SOS button through which they send an alarm signal to a Mountain Rescue dispatcher in the area where they are located. Based on this signal, the localization and intervention are made. The system is automatic and, once turned on, allows the localization of tourists on the move, the route traveled and their current position being visible in the Salvamont command dispatcher.
“Salvamont is proud of over 100,000 successful interventions and over 250,000 calls received in the last 10 years alone, with a dispatching service available 24/7, but also with a new version, more intuitive and easier to use, made available to the lovers of nature and mountain trails.
The fact that we can rely on technology to locate tourists in critical situations, that they can call on the rescue workers from the application and that they can inform about the real-time status of the routes they want to travel contributes to incident prevention, but also to better manage interventions, and, not infrequently, has a decisive role in saving lives. We are glad to have a partner like Vodafone Romania, with whom we will continue to develop projects for the benefit of mountain lovers “, said Prof. Sabin Cornoiu, President of the National Association of Mountain Rescuers in Romania.
“At Vodafone, we follow our mission to build a digital and inclusive society. We are glad that we can contribute with our technology, network and expertise to the digitalization of the mountain rescue service and that we are close to Salvamont as technology partners in this mission to save lives”, said Cristina Stăiculescu, Senior Manager Corporate Communications, Vodafone Romania.