Thursday, February 11, 2021

Peak Safety

 Living in Switzerland, surrounded by mountains, has its ups and downs. 😉

  
We visited the Non-Disney Matterhorn last summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Swiss are known for their preparedness, hence their famous Army and its famous Knife.

I made my own custom knife with...


...my own custom warning.

But one thing I never expected when moving here, was our ability to receive (and necessity to have access to!) emergency air rescue for a low, low annual price - just 80 CHF/year.

Switzerland has a non-profit, non-commercial air rescue organization called Rega


 

 

 

 

From their website, their fundamental concept is: 

"We are a non-profit organisation that is funded by its patrons. Our services are primarily geared towards the needs of the Swiss population. We are financed by means of private funding. This enables us to operate independently in the service of our patients. In the interest of the patient, we take an active stand against the commercialisation of air rescue. Emergency missions and other operations carried out on behalf of the general public are not conditional upon whether or not the ensuing costs are covered. Our rescue activities are based on the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross"

Within this organization, there are 12 rescue helicopters based all over Switzerland ready to provide emergency assistance within minutes.

No matter where we are in Switzerland, it's good to know our PEAK SAFETY is a high priority. 

Today's poem is a homage acrostic:

         mountain Rescue

                    hElicopters

   for cliff hanGer

                      Adventures 

©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

And in honor of Valentine's Day this weekend, here's a 'tongue in peak' joke to 'lift' your spirits:

Helicopter rescue pilots have the most successful pick-up lines.

Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone is hosting the Poetry Friday gathering this week. Enjoy!


 

16 comments:

  1. Bwa ha ha ha ha. Nice one...pick up lines. Thanks for highlighting this organization. What noble, and likely difficult, work. Like you, I would need that same warning on my Swiss knife....I'm a complete butter-fingers. Great post. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I must confess, despite that warning, I still cut my hand. I've never touched that knife again... Ugh.

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  2. Love the pick up lines joke! And fascinating to learn about Rega -- what a fantastic service.

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    1. Thanks, Jama! Yeah, Rega is amazing - and cheap, especially by Swiss standards. Happy to know they are there if I ever need them. :)

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  3. Great laugh at the end, Bridget! And I always love hearing about your 'new' country. This Rega sounds pretty great. Of course here in the Rockies, there is a full corps of rescue units. too. My son was a volunteer for them when he lived here. And he did have a couple of "cliffhanGar" adventures!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! See, you know! Before living here I hadn't really thought about the need for access to mountain rescues. And to know that we won't go broke if we need them, makes the peace of mind even sweeter. Your son is a brave man! :)

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  4. I like your custom knife, Bridget! I think mine would say, "Caution: Pointy!" Growing up, we heard a lot about those enormous dogs with wee whisky barrels around their necks saving people in the mountains. They were probably like quicksand...one of those things we expected were all over the place, but weren't :-)

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    1. Ha ha, Tabatha - that is a good warning! We just went to the St Bernard museum this past summer in the French part of Switzerland - fascinating. Covid restricted our access to the pups, but I'll have to do a post on what we learned.

      Luckily I haven't heard of quicksand here, but I've always had a primal fear of it... :)

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  5. What a fabulous service--and I hope you never need it (though it is reassuring to know it's available). That pick up line made me giggle

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    1. Thanks, Kay! Knowing help is helicopter ride away is comforting. :)

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  6. Your posts are a guaranteed delight, Bridget! Thanks for making me laugh this morning!

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    1. Thanks, Molly! I appreciate knowing you found humor here. :)

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  7. I so admire the Swiss preparedness!

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    1. Yes, the Swiss are prepared and we benefit. Win-win!:)

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  8. Safety and humor abounds here, thanks for the laughs Bridget!–and watch out for that knife…

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Yes, that knife is kept safely away from me...for my own safety. :)

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