Internationale Kommission für Alpines Rettungswesen IKAR
Commission Internationale de Sauvetage Alpin CISA
International Commission for Alpine Rescue ICAR
INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION FOR ALPINE RESCUE (ICAR)
1. Name/Head Office
1.1 The International Commission for Alpine Rescue is a co-operative association of
organizations and societies – called “members” in these statutes – who either are
active leaders in mountain rescue or, owing to their purpose, are interested in efficient
1.2 The ICAR is neutral in regards to political and religious beliefs. It is incorporated as
an association under Swiss law. Its seat is in Switzerland. The court of jurisdiction
is where ICAR is seated.
2.1 The ICAR works as worldwide open platform for the exchange of mountain rescue
know-how. Terrestrial rescue, alpine air rescue, and alpine emergency medicine
are part of the mountain rescue.
2.2 In particular, the ICAR has stipulated the following tasks:
2.2.1 The main task of ICAR is the exchange of experience between the practitioners
of the mountain rescue.
2.2.2 ICAR is a technical forum for new insight in mountain rescue.
2.2.3 ICAR is a safety forum for mountain rescue.
2.2.4 ICAR issues recommendations to its members about mountain rescue and
about the prevention of accidents.
2.2.5 ICAR represents the interests of its members towards other organizations
at an international level, and upon request, on a national level as well.
2.2.6 ICAR cultivates the exchange of knowledge with the manufacturers of
equipment relevant for the mountain rescue.
2.3 ICAR is not pursuing any commercial purposes and is not pursuing any profits. – 2 – 3. Membership
3.1 The ICAR consists of the following member categories:
Member A: Rescue organizations of national or regional importance, which cover
all the aspects of the mountain rescue.
Member B: Alpine associations, subject-specific institutions, and organizations
who cover part of the aspects of mountain rescue.
Member C: Organizations within the field of mountain rescue, which are not directly
active in ICAR; the so-called Corresponding Members.
Member D: Honorary members
3.2.1 Applications for admission into ICAR from organizations are to be addressed
to the president. When processing membership applications, the board consults
with the ICAR members from the country of origin. The admission of
members of categories A and B takes place at the request of the executive
committee through the assembly of delegates.
3.2.2 The executive committee decides on admission for members of category C.
3.3 Honorary Members
Persons with special merits concerning the ICAR may be nominated honorary member or
honorary president by the assembly of delegates.
3.4 Rights of the Members
3.4.1 The members of category A and B are entitled to vote at the assembly of
3.4.2 Members of category A have two votes apiece, members of category B have
one vote, and members of category C and D do not have voting rights.
3.4.3 The honorary members may participate in all ICAR meetings.
3.5 Duties of the Members
The members have the duty:
3.5.1 To introduce their own experiences and knowledge, developments and innovations,
and statistical mountain rescue data to ICAR.
3.5.2 To make information from ICAR and its commissions available to their organizations. – 3 – 3.5.3 The members pay their annual fees by June 30th according to the resolution
passed by the assembly of delegates.
3.6 Termination of Membership
3.6.1 The membership ceases immediately on delivery of the resignation in writing.
The fee for the current year, however, must be paid.
3.6.2 In cases of serious violations of duties, non-payment of the annual fees for
two years, damage to the reputation of, or obvious lack of interest in the activity
of the ICAR, the assembly of delegates upon proposal of the executive
committee may terminate the membership.
4.1 Bodies of the ICAR – Assembly of delegates (AD) – Executive committee – Technical committees – Auditors
4.2 Assembly of Delegates
4.2.1 The assembly of delegates is the supreme authority of the ICAR. It convenes
annually at the invitation of the president.
4.2.2 The invitation to the assembly of delegates must be mailed to all members together
with the full agenda at least two months before the assembly’s date.
4.2.3 Members’ motions for the agenda must be submitted in writing to the president
at least three months before the assembly’s date. The same is desired
for the nominations.
4.2.4 An extraordinary AD may be convened upon the request of a minimum of one
fifth of the voting members. The invitation including agenda is sent out at least
two months ahead of time.
4.2.5 The official languages of ICAR are German, French, and English.
4.2.6 The members make themselves available alternatively by country for the organization
of the annual AD.
4.2.7 Business of the assembly of delegates: – to elect the president, the other members of the executive committee,
and the auditors; – to accept the annual report of the president; – to accept the minutes of the last AD; – 4 – - to accept the annual financial statement and the report of the auditors; – to approve the budget of the next fiscal year; – to approve the expense regulations for the executive committee; – to vote on the acceptance and expulsion of members; – to nominate honorary members; – to determine the activities of the ICAR for a coming period of time; – to determine the amount of the member fees – to decide about business, that is proposed by the executive committee; – to decide about the location and time of the next AD; – to decide about changes of the statutes; – to decide about the dissolution of the ICAR.
4.3 The Executive Committee
4.3.1 The assembly of delegates elects the executive committee for a four-year
period. Members may be re-elected twice.
4.3.2 In case of a substitution election during the four years period, the new
members serve for the duration of their predecessors.
4.3.3 The executive committee consists of the president, vice president, treasurer,
and the chairmen of the technical committees and up to five assessors.
With exception of the president and the treasurer, the executive
committee constitutes itself.
4.3.4 The executive committee carries out its assigned and current duties and
works according to its own business agenda.
4.3.5 The executive committee is responsible for all business that is not assigned
to other bodies (i.e. approval of recommendations from the technical committees).
4.3.6 The members of the executive committee do their work on a voluntary base
and do not get any compensation except the reimbursement of direct expenses.
Exceptional contributions of individual committee members may
receive a reasonable compensation.
4.4 The President
The president represents the ICAR externally. He is responsible for the normal conduct of
business. Together with another member of the executive committee, he has the authorized
legal signature for the ICAR.
4.5 The Technical Committees
4.5.1 The technical committees deal in their own responsibility with the following
special branches: – Terrestrial rescue – 5 – - Avalanches – Air rescue – Alpine emergency medicine.
4.5.2 In order to deal with new fields of interest in the mountain rescue sector,
the executive committee can set up additional commissions or working
4.5.3 The number of members of the technical committees shall be only as large
as necessary to allow for efficient work.
4.5.4 The regulations concerning the technical committees govern their tasks,
composition, method of work, and competences.
The assembly of delegates elects two auditors for a period of four years. They inspect the
annual financial statement and make recommendations to the assembly of delegates.
The auditors must be representatives of a member, but must not belong to the executive
5. Quorum, Right to Vote, Method of Voting
5.1 The assembly of delegates and the technical commissions constitute a quorum,
when at least half of the members entitled to vote are present.
5.2 Entitled to vote are: – at the assembly of delegates: the delegates of the member categories A and B; – at the executive committee: all members of the executive committee; – at the technical committees: the respective chairmen and the special delegates
from the member organizations analogous
to the votes at the assembly of delegates.
5.3 The voting and elections normally are open. Upon the request of a delegate with
the right to vote, the AD may decide to vote or hold an election by secret ballot.
5.4 In elections, subject to the provisions of section 7.1 of these statutes, the results
are determined by the simple majority of the given, valid votes. In case of a tie, the
chairman’s vote counts double.
5.5 In elections, the absolute majority determines the result in the first round, and the
simple majority of the valid votes in the second round.
5.6 Voting and election rights can only be exercised by attendance.
6. Finances – 6 – 6.1 The expenses of the delegates at ICAR meetings shall be covered by the member
organizations and associations, which they belong to. If needed, the executive
committee may decide exceptions.
6.2 Expenses of the members of the executive committee at ICAR meetings and their
budgeting shall be regulated in an expense regulation. These regulations have to
be approved by the assembly of delegates.
6.3 The ICAR treasury shall cover expenses that result from the conduct of business.
6.4 The ICAR pays a maximum amount, which is determined annually, toward the administrative
expenses of the chairmen of the technical committees.
6.5 The liability of ICAR is limited to the liability of the association according to Swiss
6.6 The fiscal year for ICAR is the calendar year.
7. Concluding Regulations
7.1 The following resolutions of the assembly of delegates require a qualified majority
of the members who are entitled to vote: – Amendments of the statutes: 2/3 majority; – Dissolution of the ICAR: 3/4 majority.
7.2 After the dissolution of ICAR the remaining assets are to be bestowed on taxexempt
institutions with purposes of the same or similar kind.
7.3 Unless the statutes rule differently, the laws of the country in which the ICAR has its
7.4 The statutes are written in the German, French, and English; the German text is
genuine in cases of doubt
These bylaws were adopted at the assembly of delegates on Oct. 1st
1994 at Autrans (F). First modifications were adopted at the
assembly of delegates on Sept 25th 1999 at Sonthofen (D) and
became effective on Oct. 1st, 1999. A seconds set of modifications was adopted
at the assembly of delegates on Oct. 15th 2005 at Cortina
d’Ampezzo (It) and became effective on Nov. 1st 2005. A third set of modifications was
adopted at the assembly of delegates on Oct 20st, 2007 at Pontresina (CH) and became
effective on Nov. 1st 2007.
Distribution – all member organizations of the ICAR – 7 – - members of the executive committee – honorary members
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Internationale Kommission für Alpines Rettungswesen IKAR