SMURD is an emergency rescue service based in Romania. The name is the Romanian acronym for "Serviciul Mobil de Urgențǎ, Reanimare și Descarcerare", which means Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication. It was created and has been coordinated since its inception by doctor Raed Arafat. The first SMURD unit was created in Târgu Mureș, a city in the center of Transylvania, in 1990. One of the notable co-founders is the Romanian-born, French citizen, Dr Adrian Lobontiu, a surgeon who worked 20 years in France and since 2012 based in San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States of America.
On June 2, 2016, a helicopter of the Iasi section of the SMURD ("Serviciul Mobil de Urgenţǎ, Reanimare şi Descarcerare"), the Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication based in Romania, crashed in the village of Haragîş (Cantemir district) located in the south-west of Moldova, near the Romanian border. Employees of SMURD (established in 1990) regularly carry out operations in neighboring Moldova, often aboard helicopters of the same type (Eurocopter EC135), and this accident strongly affected Romanian and Moldovan people. On June 4, 2017, the Post of Moldova issued a special stamp (L 9.50, print run : 100,000, design : Vitaliu Pogolşa) to pay tribute to the 4 crew members of this helicopter. Read more..
The «SMURD» emergency rescue team were killed on a mission at Haragîș, Cantemir, on June 2, 2016.