The international commission for alpine rescue ICAR is an independent, worldwide organization based in Kloten, Switzerland and founded in 1948. ICAR serves as the global exchange platform for mountain rescue know-how. In close collaboration with mountain rescuers and rescue equipment manufacturers, ICAR enhances the global knowledge base on mountain rescue in support of people who have experienced an accident in the mountains. Members of the IFMGA participate periodically in ICAR courses. Some national mountain guides associations are members of ICAR.