ONE OF OUR REGULAR READERS, TIBOR PAL, IN HUNGARY is a member of a volunteer search and rescue team. He has written asking for some help. First I will quote from his initial email to us:
My name is Tibor Pál, and I am writing to you from the University of Pécs, Faculty of Business and Economics, in Hungary.
I am a graduate, in Master of Science in Applied management, and I am writing my thesis about a Special Search and Rescue Team in Hungary, which I am a member of. I had looked at your webpage, and I found it really interesting, and thought, that you might be able to help me with some information concerning this business.
What I am mainly researching, is the financing of such teams abroad (that is both in other European countries, as well as th US) and I would like to implement some changes in our team, by generating some sponsors.
After exchanging a couple of emails, he has written a brief description of his S & R team. I believe what he is looking for are examples of funding similar teams here in North America and also perhaps open a dialogue that will help his organization get better. Here is his description:
“BARANYA” SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM (BSME)
Our team is a charity-based organisation whose primary aim is to find and rescue people from disaster-struck areas and offer them professional help be it of medical nature, underwater and land search or getting the injured to a safer place using mountaineering techniques. We also find it very important to popularise search and rescue techniques and to inform as wide an audience about the nature of our work as possible.
The team was founded in 2004 and have significantly improved both as far as membership and the individual preparedness of members are concerned. For now we offer our assistance in the following areas:
- medical care
- underwater search and rescue
- mountaineering and alpine techniques
- trained search dogs
We have experienced doctors, divers, mountaineers and well-qualified dog-trainers who do not only excel in their individual fields but also do a fine job in the management of the team. All our members are volunteers who devote their own free time and energy – and in most cases their financial resources, too – to team efforts.
In 2005 our medical team assisted in the post-tsunami efforts in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, 2 doctors and 1 ICU assistant gave medical help, altogether 5 times. We were the only foreign search and rescue team to give medical and underwater assistance in Zrenjanin (Serbia) where a bus crashed into the river.
We were called for in Hungary – mostly in our home region – several times and as a result of all these incidents managed to set a good reputation for the team with the authorities.
We co-operate with the Police and the Emergency Management Unit as well.
Our team is a member of the Charity Organisations Association in Hungary (KARISZ) who coordinate volunteer search and rescue teams nationwide. They inform us about emergency situations and also offer their help if need be – this might mean lending specially trained volunteers or equipment.
+36 30 2239583 – Dr. Sári, Ferenc – chair
+36 20 2650227 – (Ms) Szabó, Kinga – secretary
Postal address: 7633 Pécs, Esztergár L. u. 1/C 4/2 Hungary
Account no. (Hungary): 50800111-11119803
If there are any Geezereaders out there who are affiliated with a similar team, or if you know someone who is, please send a note off to Tibor. International and cultural exchanges can really be rewarding. And let me know how you get along. Thanks.