Giripremi and Guardian Giripremi Institute of mountaineering (GGIM) launched ‘Maharashtra Mountaineers Rescue Coordination Centre’ (MMRCC) 24X7 helpline (7620-230-231) for coordinating an immediate search & rescue operation required in anywhere in Maharashtra, predominantly in hilly and remote areas. Sahyadri range of Maharashtra has now become a playground for every adventure enthusiast especially trekkers, rock climbers, photographers, and several nature lovers.
However, the remoteness of some of the locations, the difficulty of technical climbs and dangers of wilderness have led to serious mishaps, at times even fatal ones, creating a sense of fear among the masses. In the past few years, casualties have significantly risen yet the system for identifying the victim location, the severity of the situation and subsequent effective measures to be implemented is not well organized. Read More..
The motive behind setting up MMRCC was to create a well-organized body which can quickly locate the casualty location, connect with the local mountaineers & rescue volunteers, police station & ambulance, offer first aid treatment and rescue the victim to a nearest medical aid speedily. Hundreds of volunteers across Maharashtra have now associated with MMRCC including ‘Shivdurga Mitra Adventure Club’ Lonavla, ‘Vainatey Giryarohan & Giryabhraman Club, Nashik’, ‘Yashvanti Hikers, Khopoli,’ ‘Sahyadri Trekking, Satara’, ‘Mahabaleshwar Adventurers, Mahabaleshwar’, ‘Sahyadri Mitra, Mahad’, ‘Rahu Kakade Help Academy, Devrukh’, ‘Sinhagad, Ghera Samiti’ etc. for conducting rescue operations.
Till today, more than 300 rescue operations have been conducted through MMRCC helpline. The motive behind setting up MMRCC is to create a well-organized body which can quickly locate the casualty location, connect with the local mountaineers & rescue volunteers, police station & ambulance, offer first aid treatment and rescue the victim to a nearest medical aid speedily. MMRCC was set up in August 2016. Since then it has carried out more than 300 rescues across Maharashtra. MMRCC has also planned a detailed course of Rescue, Relief, and Rehabilitation for the Forest Department staff. Several training courses have been conducted by MMRCC at Forest Department’s academies across Maharashtra.