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The aim of the symposium is therefore to present an overview of the progress made in all these areas. The symposium will therefore welcome proposals for papers on innovations in the following topics: “Assistance to victims”, “victim medicalization”, “evacuation techniques”, “transmission and positioning techniques”, “clearance and ventilation”, “rescue and underwater diving” and “computer tools for rescue”.
The rescue of victims in underground environments requires the implementation of highly specialized teams and resources for a variety of missions.
The success of the missions in this specific environment (caves, chasms, quarries, mines, etc.), implies a continuous work of accident prevention, training of cavers rescuers (team members, technicians, specialists, etc.), organization and management of rescues in underground environment, but also technological research actions in order to evolve and improve all the implemented techniques.
Since its origins, cave rescue has had to invent its own tools and methods. With the “democratization” of the technical equipment available to the general public for entering the underground world (including diving), rescue becomes more complex and requires an increasing investment in technical know-how and response time. Numerous initiatives within international underground rescue teams allow envisaging new perspectives in terms of efficiency in this particular field.