La Chamoniarde is a non-standard, non profitable mountain rescue organization. It operates rescue missions with a sovereign and independent approach by:
- Managing the local radio network “ Sécurité Alerte Mont Blanc” ( SAMB) , with reception/alert signal towers located in mountain huts.
- Organizing and supervising a simulated avalanche rescue exercise, commissioned by the Chamonix townhall, addressed to all organizations who may take part in an avalanche rescue operation.
- Supporting and providing rescue equipment to the National Alpine Rescue Detachment (PGHM).
Rescuers from La Chamoniarde are volunteers who are professional mountain guides for the most part (mountain guides, ski patrols and mountain rescuers). Supervised by PGHM, they give their contribution by joining rescue teams during major avalanche rescue operations or search for missing person.
Additionally, they are in charge of aid stations during sports and cultural events, such as the UTMB trail running race, the Mont Blanc Marathon, the Aiguilles Rouges Trail running race, the Bangzag event, or the Cosmojazz festival …)