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The Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal has organized a Presentation on Mountain Related Risk and Rescue Evacuation on 16th of Feb. 2009 (2065.11.5) in its newly built lecture hall at its Central Office in Dhobichaur, Lazimpat, Kathmandu.
Founder Chairman of the Himalayan Rescue Association Mr. T.C. Pokharel speaking at the event explained the importance of establishing the HRA at its early days in 1973. He also explained that the HRA is now recognized nationally and internationally which is because of its noble cause of saving lives in the Himalayas.
Mr. Renny Jackson, an expert on Rescue and Search Mission in Grand Teton National Park, highlighted his work experience and the procedure of Helicopter rescue & search in the mountains of Grand Teton National Park, USA. He also put a stress on how difficult is to organizing helicopter rescue and search mission when there is a bad weather. He also highlighted through his slides that the communication technology has made the work faster these days.
Dr. Buddha Basnyat, Medical Director of the Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal has also given a talk on risk of Acute Mountain Sickness to the travelers, mountaineers and porters during the programme. Dr. Basnyat speaking at the event pointed out a book titled “Travel in High Altitude” can help to plan your trek medically safe.
Convener and Member of HRA Search and Rescue Committee, Mr. Padam Ghale and Mr. Prem Gurung, also highlighted about some rescue mission in the Nepal Himalayas.
Chairman Mr. Bikram Neupane speaking to the event highlighted the importance of the skilled men power for the rescue & search mission. Chairman Mr. Neupane also announced that the HRA is going to organize training on “Special Course for Mountain Medicine Rescue” on May, 2009.
Participants from different diplomatic missions in Kathmandu, Government Officials, Chairmen and office bearers of various Tourism Associations, Helicopter Pilots, Journalists from tourism related news magazines & popular daily news papers were actively participated in the event. There were about 75 participants participated at the program.
At the end of the program “Everest ER” BBC documentary was played to highlight the HRA work in the mountains.