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General Updates (October 14th 2022)

Video teaser from Jaman

Dinner tonight 13th October

Hello Hello, This is a short message to let you know that dinner is at the Casino at 19.30 .. Bon Appetit. Arc’teryx has kindly sponsored dinner drinks 🍷… A big thank you to Arc’teryx 👏🏻Cheers

For those of you who attended the practical day Stephanie Thomas would like to invited you to answer three questions, your participation is most appreciated thank you

Hi all… Welcome to Montreux! Tonight the opening of the congress is 18.30 at the 2M2C. For those registered for dinner, dinner will be at the casino as of 19.30 and tonights drinks are offered by The commune of Montreux and Breeze Eastern. A special thank you to them both for quenching our thirst!

Have made an extremely generous donation to help finance this years congress.. A big thank you to them for helping to make this event possible!

Companions ProgramCLOTHING
We recommend that for the companion’s program you have a waterproof, good walking boots and what you normally wear for hiking. You will not need any special equipment other than a small day pack. We will supply your picnic lunch.
For entrance to the convention: There is no formal dress code. However, we recommend casual for dinners on the 12th & 13th. Outdoor warm clothes for the evening of the 14th. Smart casual, and a nice dress for the ladies, for the Gala evening on the 15th.

😉 Safe travels

A group that is only for the companions program

Scan to get socialising with the others attending the Companion program

Please note that at registration you will be given a participant name tag, hotel name and congress info. For your own safety and to ensure your free and smooth access to the practical day (if you are enrolled), congress and meals we will ask you to wear your participant badges at all times. If you do not have your badge you may be asked to leave…or worse may not be fed and we don’t want that to happen 😉 Safe travels

During the congress media consultants will be filming, taking pictures and possibly interviewing participants. This will allow us to promote ICAR and alpine rescue. Pictures and videos will appear in the media and on social media.

If you have any concerns then please contact Sabine Alder, Alpine Rescue Switzerland at sabine.alder@alpinerettung.ch before Wednesday, October 12th 2022.

What is the dress code?

Practical day: Many of you have asked for dress code guide lines… We recommend that for the practical day you have a waterproof, good walking boots and what you normally wear for mountain rescue exercises. You will not need any special equipment other than a small day pack. We will supply your picnic.

For the convention: There is no formal dress code. However we recommend casual for dinners on the 12th & 13th. Outdoor warm cloths for the evening of the 14th. Smart casual, and a nice dress for the ladies, for the Gala evening on the 15th.

Hotel information

All hotel rooms will be distributed when you arrive and enrol. 

Practical day enrolment will take place on 11th October in Montreux at the 2m2c congress centre in Montreux from 14.00 – 19.30

Those attending only the congress enrolment takes place on the 12th of October at the 2m2c congress centre in Montreux from 13.00 -18.30.

Enrolment information
For those participants who have registered and paid for the practical day enrolment will take place on 11th October in Montreux at the 2m2c congress centre in Montreux from 14.00 – 19.30. Registration includes accommodation for the night of enrolment (October 11th) and include breakfast and all meals from the 12th October onwards including breakfast for the Sunday 16th October.

For those participants who have registered and paid for only the congress enrolment takes place on the 12th of October at the 2m2c congress centre in Montreux from 13.00 -18.30. Registration includes accommodation for the night of enrolment (October 12th) and all meals from the night of 12th October onwards including breakfast for the Sunday 16th October.

The conference overview can be found here
The companions program overview can be seen here
A detailed downloadable time table can be accessed here

We are pleased to announce that Airbus is generously sponsoring the gala dinner, here is why they want to support your participation and the congress:

“Airbus recognises the ICAR convention as being an indispensable event for the international mountain rescue community. Sharing experiences and best practices with the Rescue community gathered in Switzerland is one of the key elements to further improve procedures, helicopters, equipment, etc.. Airbus wishes to express its support to the Organisation and is eager to listen and to provide its services knowing that helicopters are one of the key elements of a mountain rescue mission with the ability to reach and rescue victims even in challenging and difficult areas.”

We are pleased to announce that Breeze Eastern is generously sponsoring your drinks on the evening of the 12th of October

We are pleased to announce that Petzl are joint sponsors of the local evening

Important note from the ICAR office

To all ICAR member organisations, 
Please note that it is MANDATORY to register who will be your official representative at this year’s ASSEMBLY OF DELEGATES. To do so, please click on the following link: https://www.alpine-rescue.org/articles/860–icar-73rd-assembly-of-delegates-on-october-15th-2022-invitation-agenda (internal area of the website, please sign in).

Looking forward to seeing you all in Montreux!
Lise

Detailed schedule available
Get a look at how the convention will be organised, see who’s speaking, see the topics that will be covered…
see the structure of the companions program … 

EXHIBITORS – Important information

If you are an ICAR exhibitor (setting up a stand) then please make sure you have visited this page

We highly recommend to come by train to Montreux (name of train station is “Montreux”) as parking is limited, expensive and at your own charge and responsibility.

Should you still wish to come by car, the parking “Marché/forum” allows for a long stay at the price of CHF35/24 hours. COSTS AND LOCATION OF ALL PARKINGS CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING ON THE FOLLOWING LINK (please scroll down to “Montreux” to see the list of parking): https://www.parkings-riviera.ch/

Local evening

Despite the local evening venue burning down the organisers will still run the local evening in Les Paccots.

Expect plenty of local entertainment, food, beer and wine Discover Les Paccots here…

Congress numbers now at 390:

Due to high demand the Congress organisers have had to shut down registration for both the practical day and the companions program…. But there are still limited places available for the congress

If you are not signed up yet come and join in the networking… Register here 

During the congress we want to be able to send you the very latest updates so we have created two ways for you to receive information…
 Sign up – keep up to date 
WhatsApp

Use the QR code below to sign up or click on the link below
Or click here

Instagram

Use the QR code below to sign up or click on the link below

Or Click here

Caution – For any of your colleagues or friends who may be looking to attend the congress who have not signed up yet.
As of September 12th 2022 a €100 surcharge will apply.
Registration will officially close September 25th at midnight CET

Update from the Dog Commission (July 29th 2022)

Alpine Rescue Switzerland – dog handlers’ demonstration

Join in the excitement and fascination of watching a dog’s ability to save lives.

During the practical day in Jaman, the dog handlers of Swiss Alpine Rescue will bring you a demonstration on how they train a young dog to become an operational rescue dog.
 
The dog handlers are looking forward to working with you and count on your active participation as a volunteer…… to be found ! 


Update from the Medical Commission (July 7th 2022)

“We are delighted that Prof Beat Walpoth and Dr Evelien Cools from the University of Geneva, Switzerland will present the latest data on hypothermic cardiac arrest from a retrospective cohort study of the International Hypothermia Registry. The registry needs to be supported and most importantly have cases entered into it. Having Beat and Evelien at the Congress will allow rescuers to network with them so they can understand the process for contributing to this invaluable tool.


We are very honoured to have Beat at our Congress. This is a man that fired the imagination of mountain medicine doctors with his paper ‘Accidental deep hypothermia with cardiopulmonary arrest: Extracorporeal blood rewarming in 11 patients’ in 1990. More than 30 years later he continues with pioneering work. Rescue systems through out the world continue to be challenged by the logistics of bringing the cold patient back to life. Look how things have developed! For example, remember the mechanical chest compression devices being demonstrated at ICAR Chamonix 2018. What new strategies will emerge in the next 30 years?”