MRS intervention in the Struga region

At 01:25 pm today, the operational center of the Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service was alerted by the Crisis Management Center, about a missing person above the auto camp Livadishte. According to the report, the person was in a bad condition, disoriented, dehydrated, and visibly upset.

According to the information received from the CMC operator, the lost person had about 5% of the mobile phone battery capacity, which contributed to complicating the situation. The MRS Operational Center immediately contacted the person, pointing out the procedures for safe waiting of the rescue teams and with instructions for his quick location, through the SMS location system. In a short time, a team of four rescuers was mobilized, which immediately headed to the field, and in the meantime, the exact position of the person was reached through the location system.

The team arrived at the location at 2:10 pm, where the 37-year-old from Struga was found in a visibly debilitated condition, dehydrated, but with stable vital parameters. After a short intervention, through dense vegetation and difficult terrain, the person was safely evacuated to the MRS off-road vehicle and then transported to his own home.

We use this opportunity to appeal to all nature and mountain lovers, to respect the basic rules for movement on mountainous terrain, to move in groups of at least two people, to have appropriate equipment for the planned tour, as well as a sufficient amount of food and fluids.

We also appeal to be paid attention to the capacity of the batteries of the mobile phones, as well as to be memorized the SOS number of the MRS, if they move on the territory of the municipalities of Ohrid, Struga, Vevcani, Debrca, and Resen.

Another MRS intervention this month

At 9:39 am today, the operational center of the Mountain Rescue Service received a call from a citizen who reported an accident that occurred on a mountainous terrain while cutting trees, on the move from the village of Kosel to the village of Openjca. According to initial information, during the woodcutting, a large tree fell on one of the workers and caused him serious injuries. The scene of the accident was located with the SMS locating system, after which a five-member team was immediately mobilized and headed to the field. The team arrived at the scene of the accident at 10:12 am.

The injured person was initially diagnosed with injuries in the chest area and right shoulder, as well as an open fracture on the left shinbone. After the given first aid, he was completely immobilized and transported by off-road vehicle to the village of Kosel. At 11:00 an ambulance transferred him to an appropriate health facility for further treatment.

This is the seventh intervention of the Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service since the beginning of the year, which despite the CORONA crisis, statistically achieved a record number of interventions as of July.

The Mountain Rescue Service once again appeals to all mountain lovers and those who perform certain economic activities on the mountain, to be more careful, to be prepared for basic action in emergencies, to be properly equipped for the activity and conditions on the terrain, as well as in time to call for help in case of an accident on the MRS duty number 13112 or to other services: Sector for Internal Affairs – Ohrid 192, Ambulance 194 or Crisis Management Center 195.

We wish the injured person a speedy recovery.

Sixth MRS intervention since the beginning of the year

At 9:00 am, the Operational Center of the Mountain Rescue Service received a call from a citizen about an accident that happened to his friend during a fall on rocky terrain, while they were collecting forest fruits. To locate the scene of the accident, the SMS location system was used, which was established within the project “Ohrid Lake Region – Safe Destination for Adventure Tourism”, funded by the European Union, cross-border cooperation program MK-AL. Immediately after locating the crash site, two MRS teams headed to the scene and arrived at 10:35 am. The injured person was immediately given first aid, heavy bleeding was stopped and immobilization of the whole body was performed, after which a complex procedure for transport and evacuation of the injured person started. Due to the inaccessibility of the terrain, the carried out action for evacuation of the injured person was one of the more complex actions including 7 rescuers and appropriate equipment for rescue on a delicate terrain. At 13:50, after 3 hours and 15 minutes, the injured person was evacuated and handed to the Emergency Medical Service. He was provided with professional medical care on the spot, after which he was transferred to an appropriate health institution for further treatment.

With this sixth in a row intervention, we are approaching a record average of one intervention per month, which once again indicates the need for an efficient rescue system on a mountain and inaccessible terrain, especially in the regions where various forms of adventure tourism are developed.

We take this opportunity to once again express our gratitude for the sacrifice of the volunteers from the Mountain Rescue Service at the Red Cross Ohrid, as well as the members of the MoI Ohrid and the Emergency Medical Service, who are always maximally committed to helping the Mountain Rescue Service.

We wish the injured person a speedy recovery, and once again we appeal to all lovers of the mountain and nature, who move in the border region around Lake Ohrid, to bring with them appropriate equipment, first aid, and mobile phones with a fully charged battery, on which they will previously install the application for quick alert of MRS or will memorize the special number for SOS calls 13-112, on which 24 hours, 7 days a week can turn for help.

Intervention for rescuing an injured person in a car accident

Today, at 11:45 am, the operational center of the Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service received a call from the Emergency Medical Service at the Ohrid Health Center, for assistance in retrieving an injured person, who fell out of the regional road Ohrid – Resen, near the village of Svinjishta. The MRS Operations Center immediately mobilized two teams, completely equipped for rescuing on a complex technical field. They arrived at the scene at 12:15, and immediately started pulling out the injured. Fortunately, he was conscious, but with severe limb injuries. Members of the Territorial Firefighting Unit from Ohrid arrived before at the scene of the accident and were the first to approach the injured and assisted in the rescue operation.

This intervention is the fifth in a row since the beginning of this year, which once again confirms the need for an efficient system for rescuing on a mountain and on inaccessible terrain, which is necessary for the most delicate operations to save human lives.

Ohrid Red Cross MRS congratulates and expresses its gratitude to all its members/volunteers for their sacrifice in this, as well as in past actions, especially those carried out in the period from the beginning of the corona virus pandemic when despite all other dangers, personal security is further compromised. We would also like to express our special gratitude to the members of Territorial Firefighting Unit Ohrid who gave their best to help our Service. We believe that ours and their motto is “Together we are stronger.”

We wish the injured in this serious traffic accident good health and a speedy recovery.

Earth Day

Today, April 22, Earth Day is celebrated in more than 175 countries. The purpose of the celebration is to raise the level of awareness and knowledge for preserving and promoting the environment, as well as to point out the consequences of water, air, soil pollution, and energy depletion on the planet Earth. The Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service joins the celebration of this day and stands for these values.

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Mountain Rescue Service intervention

At 12:15 pm today, the Mountain Rescue Service received a call from a group Off-Road drivers, who asked help for a member of the group that had an accident and sustained serious injuries to his left thigh. We’ve located the place of the accident by GPS coordinates, after which a three-man crew from the MRS was mobilized, and was immediately sent to the place. After 30 minutes of off-road driving, the group was located. Despite the bad terrain conditions, the injured man was completely immobilized and transported safely to the Special Hospital for Orthopedics and Traumatology “St. Erasmus”- Ohrid, for further treatment. The action ended at 14:30 pm with the team’s safe return to the Mountain Rescue Service center.

Due to the emergency caused by the Corona virus pandemic, the MRS team applied additional safeguards during the intervention. We take this opportunity to once again appeal to all mountain lovers to refrain from adventures and to stay home, protecting their health and the health of other Services that operate in emergencies. In order not to be repeated, please see the following link of our appeal that was published on March 25, 2020.

The Mountain Rescue Service is always ready to help in case of an accident, but in these difficult times for humanity, we urge you TO STAY HOME, which will help us.

Hoping for a speedy overcoming of the crisis and joint mountain friendships,

Sincerely yours,

Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service

APPEAL to all mountain lovers

Distinguished fellow citizens, climbers, hikers, skiers, mountain bikers, nature and mountain sports lovers

We believe that you, the people who love nature and associating with the mountain, often feel safer on the mountain than in the urban jungle of cities and that you are an example of a healthy lifestyle. That is why we also exist, to encourage you to enjoy the mountains more often and to “infect” others with the “virus” of the mountain.

But in these difficult moments for mankind, when the whole planet is faced with an invisible enemy that many are suffering from every day, and countries are making available their full capacity in the fight against corona, we appeal to you to refrain from your sporting and recreational activities on the mountains, STAY HOME and show, as many times before, that you are real fighters for the protection of human lives.

Following the social media these days, we could see many using the beautiful and sunny time for activities on the mountain, even sending messages to the public that they are in “natural” isolation, in small groups, etc., hinting that coronavirus is not present in the open air, where a very few people seem to be moving. We always believe in your sincere intentions to stay healthy and protect others, but we also want to point out the following few aspects, which we believe you have inadvertently neglected and that you will take into consideration our following advice:

  1. Many of your fellow citizens, who would normally be on the mountain, same as you, are currently having family members or themselves are a risky group of citizens, sit at home, respect the measures of the authorities and look at your photos.
  2. The characteristics of the COVID-19 virus are easy human-to-human transmission, long-term survival in external conditions and on hard surfaces, as well as a long incubation period, during which humans have no symptoms and transmit the virus. Because of these characteristics, world health workers are calling for isolation. Since we do not know who is the carrier, even small groups are at risk, and let’s not forget that on the mountain, people often move in the same places and touch the same objects, such as hiking trails, sightseeing, mountaineering routes, benches, springs, etc., with which you inevitably come in direct contact, but at the same time, you do not know if anybody before you were at that same place and touched those same surfaces.
  3. Beside the coronavirus, all the dangers on the mountain still lurk as before, which we believe you are aware of and know that no one is immune to them. Currently, the entire health system is geared to combat the pandemic, and all intensive care beds are reserved for the virus sufferers. Also, considering that some of the Mountain Rescue Service capacities are put into service to the Ohrid Red Cross Social Services in helping vulnerable categories of citizens, the risk to your health and safety is several times higher than usual, and the additional engagement of health care staff reduces the chance of helping someone affected by the virus.
  4. Disrespecting the recommendations of the competent institutions is at least irresponsible and selfish behavior, which leaves a bad impression about the mountaineering community.

Because we believe in you and exist for you, we are convinced that you know how to BE RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS who value everybody’s life, and we urge you to STAY HOME and LET US WORK to help our fellow citizens.

MRS puts its capacities at disposal in efforts for alleviating the consequences caused by Corona crisis

At the initiative of the Mayor of Ohrid, Mr. Konstantin Georgievski, and in accordance with the measures and recommendations of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia, a coordination meeting was held today, at which a decision was made to establish mobile teams from the Red Cross Ohrid and the local self-government. The task of these teams will be to search for the elderly and infirm, people with disabilities, and all those who will need help and any other support in the municipality of Ohrid, in order to meet their needs for food supplies, hygiene products, and medicines, every day, from 08:00 till 16:00.

For these activities, the Mountain Rescue Service makes available the SOS number 13-112, the Operational Center, vehicles, and some of the volunteers that will be part of the mobile teams.

In addition to this SOS number 13-112, the citizens will be able to contact the phones of the Ohrid Red Cross, 046 / 261-909, and 070 / 315-309.

Despite the additional activities and given the Government’s recommendations for the reduced activity of the citizens, the Ohrid Red Cross Mountain Rescue Service is still fully prepared to respond in case of mountain accidents on the territory it covers.

With sincere wishes for a speedy overcoming of this crisis,

Sincerely yours,

Mountain Rescue Service

Meeting with the Director of the Directorate for Protection and Rescue

Today, at the Mountain Rescue Service Operational Center, a meeting was held with Mr. Adnan Dzaferoski, Director of the Directorate for Protection and Rescue, to whom, to our great satisfaction, was presented the work of Ohrid Red Cross MRS, the new operational and training center, as well as the projects we are implementing with financial support from the European Union through the cross-border cooperation program with Albania.

The possibility for future closer cooperation between MRS and DPR was discussed at the meeting, in order to increase the security of citizens, as well as to improve conditions for the development of adventure tourism.

The head of the MRS at the Red Cross Ohrid informed the Director Dzaferoski that the Service is ready to intervene 24 hours, 7 days a week on the territory it covers (municipalities: Ohrid, Struga, Vevcani, Debrca, Resen and Pogradec), as well as that, are ready to assist in rescue operations on complicated technical terrain throughout our country.

Director Dzaferoski expressed his satisfaction with the work of the MRS at the Ohrid Red Cross, emphasizing the readiness for closer further cooperation and support of the Service, in order to integrate it into the system for protection and rescue of the Republic of North Macedonia.