Episode 23 - MRA Part II


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MRA (Mountain Rescue Association) is an organization of teams dedicated to saving lives through rescue and mountain safety education founded in 1959 by a group of mountaineers near Mt Hood in Portland, OR. Today MRA is made up of over 90 teams consisting of over 3,000 members. In this episode Doug McCall (President), Monty Bell (Statistics Chair), and Doug McElmury continue the discussion from episode 20 covering standards and the different types of training the MRA offers.

Topics Discussed:

We apologize for some background chatter in the first several minutes of this episode. It is cleared up after 5:30

1:35 Standards as they relate to the MRA.

15:30 To prepare for accreditation and make sure teams mission ready, what types of training does the MRA offer?

23:38 What was/is MRA’s role in NATRS (North American Technical Rescue Symposium) which is now ITRS?

31:38 How is MRA involved with ICAR (International Commission of Alpine Rescue)?

37:55 Closing statements.

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