Bergrettungsdienst, Oesterreichischer, (Austrian Mountain Rescue Service), founded in Vienna in 1896, after a serious avalanche accident on the Styrian side of the Rax mountain (Reissthal mountain path). A non-profit making organisation; structure regulated by the Law relating to Associations with a federal association and branches in the provinces and regions. Responsible for the rescue, medical assistance and transport of people who run into difficulties in the mountains; membership is voluntary and honorary; symbol: edelweiss in a green cross; Alpine Distress Signal, Air Ambulance.
Literature#A. Froelich, Die Maenner mit dem Edelweiss im Gruenen Kreuz, 1990.