On Friday, October 25 ended, with the awarding of diplomas at the "Cesare Battisti" Barracks of the Alpine Army Training Center, the Course for Alpine Military Rescue Operator (OSAM) and the course for Technicians of the Alpine Military Rescue (TESAM) .
These figures, recently created, represent the will of the Army to prepare already qualified personnel of the Alpine Troops to ensure the right security framework for the Alpine in training and in operation and in the case requested to guarantee a use to support the civil protection system . The selections for the OSAM course are only accessible to personnel who have obtained the qualifications of a chosen military ski instructor and chosen mountain climbing instructor. The three intense weeks, divided between theoretical lectures in the classroom and field lessons, allowed those attending to perfect their skills regarding the use of personal protective equipment and the organized search for avalanches and prepared them to operate in the area of an "organized rescue", on the wall and on the glacier, using mountain rescue techniques.
The TESAM course (2 weeks) is instead accessible only to personnel in possession of the patents of a Military Alpinism and Skiing Instructor, who has achieved the OSAM qualifications and Military Snow and Avalanche Expert (EMNV), and is aimed at training the future military mountain rescue technicians, these figures find their use in the Military Alpine Rescue Teams (SSAM).
Military personnel from all over the country came to the Alpine Training Center in Aosta to take part in the courses, led by the Ski Mountaineering Section of Courmayeur, the students were able to consolidate their knowledge in the area of avalanche rescue, surface research, construction of anchorages on snow, ice rescue, winch use and rescue techniques in urbanized areas. The training of the operators of the SSAMs has as its final objective that of expanding the knowledge and operating techniques of the Alpine Army Troops, that is, self-sufficient rescue teams, which can be projected in complex mountainous terrain but also in urbanized areas, highly specialized in the combat-rescue sector.