Calling for help in the mountains
In Europe the international emergency number of 112 will work in most cases. However, it is useful to know the numbers for the local Mountain Rescue Services. If you do need to use these numbers then take a moment to think about the information that you are about to give (especially if it's not in your first language).
Who? Your name / votre nom et prénom /
Why? Nature of incident, number of people and urgency / nature de l'accident, nombre de victimes, gravité
Where? Route, itinary and altitude / lieu, itinéraire, altitude
When? Time / heure
Meteo? Wind, visibility / vent, visibilité
112 or 999 and ask for POLICE - MOUNTAIN RESCUE (If in doubt ask for the Police Operations room for area that you are in).
You can now also sign up to the emergencySMS service allowing you to text from your mobile phone. This is particularly useful in areas of poor signal.
112 or better use the regional numbers below:
PGHM de Modane: +33 4 79 05 18 04
PGHM Bourg St Maurice: +33 4 79 07 01 10
PGHM de Chamonix: +33 4 50 53 16 89
PGHM Annecy: +33 4 50 09 47 47
PGHM de Briançon: +33 4 92 21 58 58
Isère et Drôme
PGHM de Grenoble: +33 4 76 77 57 70
144 in the Swiss Valais
1414 for Swiss Rescue Service REGA
In Switzerland you can also download the iREGA app from iPhone and Android which allows you to request assistance and automatically send your GPS position. Details can be found here http://www.rega.ch/en/multimedia/mobile-app.aspx You can download this to a UK phone but you will need to sign up for a Swiss iTunes account, you can pay by using an iTunes voucher from a Swiss supermarket etc etc.
iREGA for iPhone http://itunes.apple.com/ch/app/irega/id415358154
iREGA for Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ch.rega.Rega&hl=en
118 or +39165 238 222 in Valle d'Aosta
140 for Austria Mountain Rescue Services (General Emergency Number of 112).
144 in Vorarlberg