La Chamoniarde’s mission is to bring together those involved in the search and rescue of missing people or casualties of mountain accidents. They set up live exercises and provide first aid stations during sporting or cultural events.
First aiders from La Chamoniarde are volunteer rescuers who are certified mountain guides for the most part (mountain guides, ski patrols and mountain rescuers). When necessary PGHM calls them to help out on large avalanche rescue operation and search for missing person.
As a mountain rescue society, La Chamoniarde is entitled to set up a rescue and assistance plan during events taking place in the mountains above the Chamonix valley.
Aid stations are rescue alert stations (PAPS) can be found along the course of the event.
They use rescue equipment to assist, stabilize and evacuate athletes in destress down in the valley to the medical assistance team. A physician may already be part of the first aid team with the victim.
Every three years La Chamoniarde manages the event jointly with the Chamonix PGHM. Financed and part of the PrevriskhauteMontagne project, the 2017 edition took place from January 16 to 18.
2017 Triangular video
La Chamoniarde will organize and receive the Mountain Rescue Triangular meeting 2020 Triangulaire 2020 in Chamonix.
Four commissions contribute to developing exchanges within this remarkably useful organization. They are respectively assigned to the four mountain rescue domains: land, air, avalanche and the medical field.
Since 2016 La Chamoniarde has been invited by the French ICAR division to participate in the discussions. The 2018 ICAR Congress has take place in Chamonix. The same year La Chamoniarde celebrate its 70th anniversary, and 60 years of public emergencies in France!