The general director meets with the heads of the Civil Guard of the Mountain Service and the Company of Jaca (Huesca)

María Gámez has known first-hand, through her main commands, the structure, organization and problems of the Mountain Service and the Jaca Company

Likewise, he has visited the facilities of the Special Mountain Training Center (CAEM), where the necessary training is given to access the Specialty and the training courses necessary to train specialist personnel in specific subjects

He has also attended a demonstration of rescue procedures in Coll de Ladrones-Canfranc

The general director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez, has held a working meeting with those responsible for the Civil Guard of the Mountain Service and the Company of Jaca (Huesca).

The commanders of the Civil Guard have explained to the general director the tasks they carry out, what has been their evolution in recent years, as well as the prospects and future plans.
The general director has held a meeting with staff from all the jobs whom she has congratulated for the work carried out, especially during this last year. María Gámez has commented to this representation of the Service that the suppression of the Ereim de Panticosa is not planned as has been commented in recent days. In this sense, he explained that what is being carried out by the Mountain Service is a study of territorial deployment to adapt it to current operational needs with the premise of reinforcing the workforce without increasing the catalog and enhancing the binomial Unit of Mountain-Air Unit.
During the visit, the general director was able to witness a demonstration of rescue procedures in Coll de Ladrones-Canfranc (Huesca), in which agents from the Mountain Service and the Air Service participated.
Subsequently, he has traveled to the Special Mountain Training Center (CAEM), to visit the facilities where the necessary training is given to access the Specialty and the advanced courses necessary to train specialist personnel in specific subjects. Currently, 10 members of the corps (1 corporal and 9 civil guards) are taking the XXXIII Specialist course.

Mountain Service

Statistical data

Since 1981, the date on which statistical data are available, until December 31, 2020, the Mountain Service has rescued 39,368 people, of which 3,043 were killed, 13,968 injured and 22,357 unharmed, in a total of 23,070 rescues. in mountains and places of difficult access.
At present, the Civil Guard Mountain Service is made up of a total of 255 specialists distributed in 26 units spread throughout the national territory, known as GREIM, although in reality they are Mountain Sections, Groups and Teams.


In September 1967 the Groups of Skiers-Climbers were created. The new specialists were part of the staff of a position, performing the service in it and sporadically performed service in the mountains. The first Civil Guard Ski-Climbing course took place during the first half of 1967 in the Coll de Ladrones barracks, while other members of the Corps were trained at the Jaca Mountain Military School to set up the cadre of instructors of these courses.
In October 1968 all the specialists in the towns of Jaca and Boltaña were brought together and the first two Groups of Skiers-Climbers were created. In November, the Sierra Nevada Group (Granada) is formed, dedicating itself in the summer to services of the Corps and sporadically in the mountains.
Until the creation of these groups, the rescues, in the few accidents that occurred in the Spanish mountains, were attended by the companions of the victim or by the Mountain Relief Groups of the Spanish Mountaineering Federation (FEM), created with volunteers for this purpose.
After that embryo formed by the Jaca, Boltaña and Granada groups, others were formed in Navarredonda de la Sierra (Gredos), Teruel (Iberian System), Navacerrada (Sierra de Guadarrama), Mieres and León (Cantabrian Mountains), Viella and Puigcerdá ( Catalan Pyrenees). However, the exclusive dedication system of the groups of the Huesca Pyrenees did not exist in all the units.
At the beginning of 1981 a proposal was raised so that all mountain units function in the same way as in Aragon, with units fully dedicated to rescue, deployed at the foot of the mountain ranges and with the support of the helicopter when necessary.
Subsequently, the Special Mountain Training Center (CAEM) was created, which allowed and currently allows the provision of the necessary training to access the Specialty and the training courses necessary to train specialist personnel in specific subjects.
This helicopter-mountain specialist binomial imposed in the 1980s, which represented an important advance in carrying out rescues, is now joined in Aragon by the figure of the health worker, doctor or nurse, who guarantees health care in the place of the accident, configuring what has been called the "Aragonese model" of mountain rescue.
The large influx of canyoning practitioners from the mid-80s also forced the adoption of other rescue techniques and new materials. At the beginning of the 90s, the training of the members of the Mountain Service in the practice of spelunking and spelunking began, currently having highly specialized personnel in this matter.
In 2004, the first woman graduated as a mountain specialist, with the employment of Lieutenant, who went on to command the Cangas de Onís Mountain Area.

International collaboration

At an international level, the Mountain Service maintains collaboration with police rescue groups from the main European countries with competencies in this matter. Special mention should be made of the collaboration with the French National Gendarmerie with which we maintain fluid contact and cooperation that leads to rescues in the Pyrenees, on both sides of the border, when requested by the other country.
At present, the Civil Mountain Guard is at the level of the best rescue groups in Europe. This projection of the Civil Guard Mountain Service in the international arena marked a qualitative leap in April 2015 with the participation in the rescue operation of two deceased mountaineers in the Moroccan Atlas and just a month later in the search for seven missing Spaniards in the Langtang Valley, after the 7.8 intensity earthquake that struck Nepal.

Jaca Company

Prior to visiting the Mountain Service, the general director visited the Jaca Company, which is made up of 124 personnel distributed by 8 Ordinary Posts (Canfranc Estación, Sallet de Gállego, Jaca, Hecho, Anso, Biescas, Sabiñánigo and Panticosa). It also has a Weapons and Explosives Intervention, a Judicial Police Team, Seprona, the Traffic Group and Sereim.
María Gámez has held a meeting with personnel from all jobs and with two civil guards who were hospitalized for covid-19.
For more information, you can contact the Civil Guard Press Office on 915 146 010.


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