Membership types, member benefits and how to become an ICAR member
ICAR currently offers the following membership
- Type A: Rescue organizations of a Nation or
national importance* who cover all the aspects of mountain rescue
and fulfill recommendations set out by the ICAR Assembly of
Delegates. Type A member organizations have 4 delegate votes at the
ICAR Assembly of Delegates. The annual membership fee is €
- Type B1: Rescue organizations of regional
importance including alpine associations** and organizations who
cover part of the aspects of organized mountain rescue. They should
fulfill recommendations set out by the ICAR Assembly of Delegates.
Type B1 member organizations have 2 delegate votes at the ICAR
Assembly of Delegates. The annual membership fee is € 500.
- Type B2: Subject specific organizations who
cover part of the aspects of mountain rescue. Their rescue
activities should fulfill recommendations set out by the ICAR
Assembly of Delegates. Type B2 member organizations have 1 delegate
vote at the ICAR Assembly of Delegates. The annual membership fee
is € 400.
- Type C: Organizations within the field of
mountain rescue who are not directly active in the ICAR and
organizations that aspire to be members who cannot currently meet
the guidelines for A or B membership. Their rescue activities
should fulfill recommendations set out by the ICAR Assembly of
Delegates. Type C member organizations do not have any voting right
at the ICAR Assembly of Delegates. The annual membership fee is €
200. A waiver of this fee for a limited amount of time in specific
and justified cases is at the discretion of the ICAR Executive
- Type D: A person of special merit with regard
to ICAR may be appointed as Honorary Member or Honorary President
by the ICAR Assembly of Delegates, following the nomination by an
ICAR Member Organization. Type D members do not have any voting
right at the ICAR Assembly of Delegates. There is no annual fee for
this membership type.
- Type E: Organizations, with no organized
mountain rescue mission, who support ICAR goals. Type E members do
not have any voting right at the ICAR Assembly of Delegates. There
is no annual fee for this membership type.
* National importance is determined by a relationship with the
national government which states the organization will be called
upon in national need.
** An alpine association that maintains an organized mountain
rescue component within their membership.
Benefits of an ICAR membership:
- Worldwide networking
- Exchange of know-how and
- Participation in the technical forum for new
insights in mountain rescue
- Participation in the mountain rescue safety
- First-hand contacts with
- Access to the internal area of this
Interested in becoming an ICAR member?
Contact email@example.com, all
necessary ICAR membership application forms (and detailed
instructions how to proceed) will then be sent to you.
Please complete, sign and return the forms as soon as possible
(but not later than May 31, for an approval in the same year) via
e-mail. If you do not have a scanner available, you can also fax us
the documents or send us hard-copies to our postal address.
We will then check if your application is complete (ICAR
Membership Work Group of the ICAR Executive Board) and scan for any
potential interference with existing ICAR members within the same
country (ICAR Member consultation). If so far positive, the ICAR
Executive Board (at its meeting end of August) will then prepare a
proposal to the ICAR Assembly of Delegates (which usually takes
place in October, upon the ICAR convention).
That's where the final decision about your application will be
taken by the ICAR Assembly of Delegates, after a brief presentation
of your organization, either by yourself or a delegation of your
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