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sibiu mountain rescue public service

Mountain rescuer, a state of mind!

The Sibiu County Public Public Service consists of a number of 17 employed mountain rescuers, 6 volunteer mountain rescuers (two doctors), 6 aspirants, a director, a chief accountant and a specialized inspector.


Area of activity

Făgăraș Mountains: the northern slope, between the Tărâta edge to the east and the Olt gorge to the west
Lotru Mountains: the northern slope, between the Olt gorge to the east, the main ridge and the Tărtărău saddle
Cindrel Mountains: integral
Geographical coordinates:

  • SV: 45° 28′ N, 23° 37′ E
  • NV: 45° 50′ N, 23° 44′ E 
  • S: 45° 33′ N, 24° 16′ E
  • SE: 45° 36′ N, 23° 40′ E
Actions in 2020


Popescu Dan
Truțescu Isabela
Suciu Elena Dorina


  • 1904 – a special first aid course was held in the mountains, organized by the Carpathian Ardaelean Association of Tourists (SKV) from Sibiu
  • 1906 – in the SK V yearbook of the association we have the description of a rescue operation made in the Podragului valley, by the guide Ion Coțofan from Avrig.
  • 1925 – the first rescue team is formed;
  • 1969 – by the Decision of the Council of Ministers no. 140 regulates the activity of rescuing tourists and preventing accidents in the mountains – thus creating the SALVAMONT Sibiu Band led by Toma Boerescu
  • 1971 – the first patrols are organized on the routes from the Făgăraş mountains, based on the Suru, Negoiu, Bâlea, Podragu chalets and two tents, at Avrig Lake and Călţun Lake. Each patrol consisted of 2 mountain rescuers, equipped with stations, medical kits and, for the first time, a Mountain Rescue uniform, initially orange. The action took place only during the summer, between June 15 and September 15.
  • 1972 – the first Salvamont training school takes place at the Podragu chalet
  • 1974 – through voluntary work (patriotic at that time) performed by mountain rescuers and volunteers, at Lake Călţun in the Făgăraş mountains, the “Toma Boerescu” refuge is located
  • 1975 – during the winter, in Bâlea Lac, the Salvamont national school takes place
  • 1976 – Iosif Schneider takes over the leadership of the Salvamont Sibiu formation
  • 1977 – the biggest mountain catastrophe in Romania takes place in Bâlea Lac, an avalanche that killed 22 people, 16 children and 6 adults
  • 1980 – mountain rescuer Robert Ungureanu
  • 1986 – Mihai Voinescu takes over the leadership of the band
  • 1992 – the Sibiu Mountain Rescue Public Service is established under the Sibiu County Council;
  • 1993 – Blăjan Ovidiu becomes the head of the band
  • 1994 – in the Făgăraş mountains, the most difficult Mountain Rescue competition takes place in Romania, the participating teams having to cover a route between the Arpaş chalet (Fata Pădurii) – Munchia Albotei – Creasta Arpăşelului – peak. Buteanu’s hunt – Bâlea Lac chalet
  • 1998 – the first 4 mountain rescuers are hired
  • 2002 – The Mountain Rescue Public Service is reorganized into an institution with legal personality;
  • 2006 – volunteer
  • 2010 – the Balea Lac rescue base is built
  • 2015 – the new Călţun refuge is put into use
  • 2017 – is obtained
    accreditation as training providers for mountain rescuers
  • 2020 – The service has 18 mountain rescuers employed organized in two rescue teams