PMR Receives PEAK Award for Excellence in Rescue
Thursday, June 30, 2005
At the recent Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) conference in
Vail, Colorado, Portland Mountain Rescue received the PEAK
Award for Excellence in Technical Rescue. The award, presented
by the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) and
the MRA, is intended to recognize outstanding performance on a
particular search and rescue mission.
In this case, PMR was acknowledged for their
on Oregon's Mount Hood on May 30, 2002.
That day, 18 PMR members joined in the rescue effort of nine climbers
injured in a fall at the Bergschrund crevasse on the South Side of the
Three of the climbers were dead on the scene, but four of the survivors
were critically injured and requiring airlifts to Portland area
hospitals. During the third airlift, an Air Force Reserve
Pave Hawk helicopter crashed into the mountain following equipment
failure. Several members of the crew were injured and the
wreckage along with the loss of a key evacuation vehicle complicated
an already difficult rescue scene. The event was televised live
in the Portland area and seen worldwide soon after.
The PEAK Award for
Excellence in Technical
Rescue, presented by
NASAR and the MRA
for PMR's efforts
on May 30, 2002.
Following the crash, PMR rescue leaders coordinated the multi-scene
rescue and, working with the Oregon National Guard, Air Force Reserve
and other rescuers, managed to evacuate all the remaining victims to
safety. PMR teams later recovered the three deceased climbers
from the crevasse.