Emergency Rescue Service work

Aiut Alpin Dolomites

Aiut Alpin Dolomites

On the Saslong athletes know they are safe. They know they are in safe hands in case of an emergency. The Rescue Service of the Gardena-Gröden is a highly professional team which works exemplarily partly also thanks to its long-standing head Othmar Prinoth.

Mr. Prinoth is a mountain and ski guide who has been at the helm of the rescue service since 1999 completely overhauling it.
The rescue service works based on a detaild plan of action: “We are prepared for five different types of emergency“ says this expert who doesn’t want to leave anything to chance. “Emergency 1 is for an athlete’s crash, Emergency 2 for an athlete’s crash involving other people (e.g., gate judges, spectators, etc.) Emergency 3 is for the event two athletes crash into each other which is a possibility given the the one-minute start intervals where there are two athletes on the course at the same time. „Emergency 4“ is for injuries of involved people (e.g., a photographer slips into the course), and „Emergency 5“ is for general medical interventions.

During the Saslong Classic there are 75 rescue people in service. Among them are mountain rescue officers, physicians (8), pilots and nurses. They are recruited from the following several organizations including the emergency call 118 provincial office (White and Red Cross), helicopter rescue service “Aiut Alpin Dolomites“, Carabinieri mountain school Langental, mountain rescue team Gardena-Gröden.

The members of the rescue service are divided into several teams. 14 of them are deployed along the course: generally 2-3 Carabinieri and one mountain rescuer. They teams all include a physician and are positioned in key points along the course such as Looping, Sochers wall, Camel Humps, Ciaslat and Finish.

The rescue teams are backed by three ambulances and four helicopters. One helicopter (“Eurokopter 135 T2“) is provided by the organisation "Aiut Alpin Dolomites", the second and potentially third by the provincial emergency airlift office 118 and the fourth by the Organizing Committee.

The coordinator of the emergency service operates from a control room which is located at the Finish. The room is fitted with four monitors which cover the entire course. This is the only way to have the information necessary to make prompt decisions.