Mountain and Cave Rescue Awareness Day

Posted on 02/05/2011

Today, 2nd May, is Mountain and Cave Rescue Awareness Day.

ViewRanger will be in the hands of Judy and Gail - the “Twirlies” - to aid them on their fundraising Coast-to-Coast challenge walk that they start today in support of the MREW benevolent fund. Find out more about them and their challenge at:

At ViewRanger we're proud to be able actively supports MRT’s every day of the year through our VSAR program. The VSAR Program delivers ViewRanger software and detailed topographic mapping to search and rescue team members, such that today 50% of the England & Wales Mountain Rescue Teams use ViewRanger, saving them money compared to purchasing expensive dedicated outdoor GPS units.

ViewRanger includes its own BuddyBeacon tracking feature, which shares your location with other people. BuddyBeacon allows MRT members to see each other’s locations on their handsets, improving search co-ordination. There is also a web access to BuddyBeacon which means that MRT coordinators back at base can track rescue progress in real time, and tracklog recording helps with the reporting process after a rescue*.

ViewRanger's integration with Retrieva Tracking's GPS dog collar is also helping SARDA Search and Rescue Dog teams to track and follow their search dogs right alongside the team's human participants.

MRT teams say:

"Weather conditions were poor with visibility down to 50 metres in heavy snow. ViewRanger guided the stretcher party to and from the casualty site." Glossop Mountain Rescue Team

"At Kendal MRT we are finding the more we use ViewRanger the more we like it. Having just used it extensively in the Cairngorms during winter training we are impressed by the accuracy achieved, ease of use and its ability to supplement and reinforce more traditional navigation techniques. Not everyone in the team has a personal GPS enabled with a mapping facility, but all of us have and use mobile phones, so the addition of ViewRanger to team members with compatible phones is a very cost-effective way of enhancing our ability to operate in poor conditions, especially when working away from our ‘home’ area with other Teams." Kendal Mountain Rescue Team

"Once they had seen it in action, now all team members want it!" Dartmoor Rescue Group

Click here for more details on the search and rescue teams using ViewRanger.

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