Lifjell, Bø i Telemark, Norway
EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE There has been a large avalanche on Lifjell with several parties involved!
This is how our day started. An avalanche exercise with students from Telemark University College, Red Cross, the local police, and Norwegian Civil Defense troops is an annual occurrence in Telemark. The different groups get to practice their skills and see how it is to work together to prepare for real accidents.
In addition to regular beacons and probes, we had the use of specially trained avalanche rescue dogs, and RECCO. There was also supposed to be a helicopter, but they received a call to a real mission just minutes before their arrival. We had tons of volunteers to help out. Some of the first year and international students sat up on the hillside as avalanche victims to be found. There were also CPR dummies that "required assistance" after being found.
It was a long hard day of trudging through deep snow, digging, and carrying heavy objects up and down the mountain, but it was also very enlightening. All of the participants worked brilliantly together making the exercise a success.
Have fun and stay safe in the mountains!
People start to arrive
Norwegian Civil Defense troops arrive and start setting up
The Red Cross setting up their station
Seems more organized from above
There is a system to their madness
Packing up after a job well done
Debreifing after the exercise
Telemark University College, Police, Red Cross, and Norwegian Civil Defense