Organizational structure of Hungarian Cave Rescue Service
The organizational form of our service has changed several times since its establishment in 1961. We belonged to the Red Cross and other organizations as well. We have been operating as an association for the last 3 decades. Our members do volunteer work, and our association is ranked at the highest level of public interest by laws.
There is a peculiar duality in the organizational structure of the Hungarian Cave Rescue Service.
The Hungarian Cave Rescue Service has three units.
- The Budapest unit is the Central Hungarian unit, with the largest number of members with a national scope.
- The regional unit of South Hungarian operates mainly in the Mecsek - Villány Mountains. If necessary, it connects to the central unit to help the rescue service in other areas as well.
- The Northeast Hungarian regional unit works mainly in the Aggtelek karst area. If necessary, it also connects to the central unit to assist the rescue service in other areas as well
Conducting rescue operations
The Head of the rescue operation is the sole responsible leader of the given rescue operation. If all certified leaders are hindered from the given mission, other suitable persons may be appointed for certain actions.
Rescue groups work under the direction of the rescue operation leader, with 2 to 12 people, in each case under the direction of the appointed rescue group leader. Each of the participants in the rescue operation is obliged to follow the instructions of the designated leaders.
The body that ensures the legal operation of the association is the Supervisory Board, which has one chairman and two other members.