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Austrian army on alert for avalanche risk

(credit: Austrian army)

(BRUSSELS2) Faced with difficult weather conditions in Austria, particularly in the mountains of Tyrol and Vorarlberg, the Austrian army has put its teams of Alpine hunters on alert. Eleven units, each made up of 40 soldiers trained in intervention in avalanche zones, are ready to intervene. Equipped with food for 2 days, equipped with avalanche beacons and skis, they also have a first intervention team capable of providing first aid.

Four “Alouette III” and AB-212 type helicopters are also ready to intervene. These units – some based in the barracks of St. Johann im Pongau, Saalfelden, Tamsweg and Hochfilzen – will remain on alert until mid-April, the end of the snow season, ready to respond to avalanches and other alpine accidents. .

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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