A PERMANENT RESPONSE TO ACCIDENTS THANKS TO THE DACIA DUSTERThe Slovenian, Croatian and Serbian mountains receive lots of visitors all year round, especially in summer. Tourists and locals come to recharge their batteries in the pristine natural environments. These associations of volunteers, who are expert in mountaineering, caving, diving and rock climbing, ensure a permanent response to accidents throughout the year, thanks to the Dacia Duster.
In Slovenia, mountaineering and hiking are very popular pastimes. In 2020, the 430 volunteer rescuers were called out on 485 occasions, of which one third involved people who were lost or had become trapped.
The rescue association in Serbia, consisting of 500 volunteer rescuers, of whom 250 are reservists, is called out about 1,500 times a year. Most callouts involve assistance for people injured on the ski slopes.
In Serbia, Duster have been used by the rescuers every day for the last 8 years to tow trailers full of rescue equipment and to transport rescuers and search dogs to the most remote parts of the country. Eight years of service with never a failure.
During the terrible floods of 2014, they were used for difficult journeys over several days in flooded areas, in the rain and mud, over snow and through blizzards.
The number of visits to the mountains of Croatia is astonishing: some 600,000 man-days of hiking each year in the entire country. The 700 volunteer rescuers are called out about 7,000 times every year. Natural disasters (floods, earthquakes, storms and snow avalanches) represent 15% of callouts.
On 28 December 2020, a terrible earthquake completely destroyed the town of Petrinja in Croatia. Driving their Duster, the Croat mountain rescue teams were the first on the scene. Thanks to their rapid response, they were able to save a woman buried beneath the rubble.
With the Duster, we can get to the scene of the accident really quickly to give first aid.
Darko, a Croat rescuer for the last 25 years.