Rescue 24 is Hungarian Baptist Aid’s special international rescue team with a national certification. Its mission is to “Rescue on ground, on water and in the air!” 


RESCUE 24 International special rescue team

Hungarian Baptist Aid also coordinates an international rescue team as the ‘Baptist World Aid Rescue24 International Team’ does not only consist of national workers and volunteers, but has members from USA, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia and the Czech Republic.


Photo: EPA/David Fernandez, Sourcehttp://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Greek-Haiti-rescue



The tasks performed by the service are:

  • Rescue diving, lifeguarding, rescue ship services
  • High-to-low rescue operations using alpine technology, air ambulances, mountain and cave rescues
  • Technical tasks, technical rescue
  • Helps with rescue dogs
  • Healthcare missions


The leader of Rescue 24 is László PAVELCZE, director of emergency management

László PAVELCZE, director of emergency management took part in 50 internatonal operations so far in different dangerous parts of the world.

He used to be a lively child and a rebellious child. His head teacher said that he would end up in the television show called ‘Kék fény’ (which is a Hungarian police report show with criminals). It became true, but not as the teacher originally meant. After graduating from school, Mr Pavelcze started working as a utility worker in the laundry and later on in the kitchen at the hospital in Székesfehérvár. He also worked as a driver for patients, surgery assistant, nursing assistant and in the ambulance. As he tried to acquire qualifications for each rescue field, he founded the special rescue team. The team’s first major mission was at the rail accident in Szajol. His staff are fulltime professional paramedics, firefighters, who work in the rescue team as volunteers during their leave and spare time. Rescue 24 rescue team is under Hungarian control, and it has teams in 7 other countries. That is why it can be deployed within hours also in the most remote areas in the world.

“There are no disasters alike, and there are no nations who react the same in a catastrophe. While in Colombia everyone expercted someone to clean up the ruins, the people in Turkey wanted to help. In the States, Hurricane Katrina caused tremendous schock, but all the public bodies and authorities were in their place.” - he said. He often thought about quit his job, but there was always another phonecall to go.

So far Rescue24’s deployments were:

India, Gujarat - earthquake

Hungary - flood

Ukraine - flood



Hungary - flood



Iran, Bam - earthquake



Sri Lanka, Colombo and Galle - tsunami



Indonesia, Banda Aceh - tsunami

Indonesia, Nias - earthquake

United States, New Orleans - hurricane

Pakistan, Bagh - earthquake

Romania, Transylvania - flood



Hungary - flood

Serbia, Vojvodina - flood

Indonesia, Yogjakarta - earthquake

Lebanon, Beirut - war events



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