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    NEWS | DRF Luftrettung     German air rescue

    DRF Luftrettung Completed 40,738 Missions in 2019

    German Air Ambulance, DRF Luftrettung, logged 40,738 missions in 2019. Operating H145 and H135 helicopters and a new Learjet 35A aircraft from 35 medical bases in Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein, 13 of which are 24/7


    DRF Luftrettung Completed 40,738 Missions in 2019

    DRF Luftrettung, January 15, 2020 - Filderstadt, Germany - In a total of 40,738 missions, the crews of the 35 HEMS bases in Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein as well as the ambulance flight operations were alerted to provide immediate, highly professional medical assistance to seriously ill or injured people. After all: when a life is at stake, every minute counts.

    With 40,738 missions in total, the fleet of the DRF Group made another crucial contribution to emergency medical care last year. Accordingly, the air rescuers managed to reach the high level of the previous year with an average of 111 alarms per day. The emergency crews were particularly frequently

    called to provide medical care for severe issues with the heart such as heart attacks or neurological incidents. In addition, patients involved in accidents also needed the immediate assistance of the air rescuers, who are able to reach rescue sites within a radius of 60 kilometres within 15 minutes of flight.

    Most of the accident victims treated were injured in traffic accidents or falls.

    “Our credo is to continually improve our work for the benefit of our patients. That is why we pushed ahead with our fleet expansion last year: in addition to three ultra-modern helicopters of the types H 135 and H 145, we also put a new Lear 35 A ambulance jet into operation,” says Dr Krystian Pracz, chairman of the executive board at DRF Luftrettung. “Many of our HEMS bases will celebrate anniversaries

    next year, which also shows that we have enjoyed great trust at many locations for years and have become an indispensable element of fast emergency care, both locally and nationwide.”

    At night, the DRF Group is an important building block of the rescue system as well, providing 24/7 life-saving operations at 13 of its HEMS bases. This makes it the European leader when it comes to night-time air rescue operations, with the most flying hours in the dark. Last year, a total of 22 percent of the deployments at these HEMS bases took place during the night hours.

    About DRF Luftrettung: The DRF Group with its headquarters in Filderstadt is one of the largest air rescue organisations in Europe. In 2019, the group carried out a total of 40,738 missions. The crews at 13 of the 35 stations in Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein are on standby 24/7, and seven HEMS bases provide helicopters with rescue winches.

    The Austrian ARA Flugrettung with two HEMS bases was integrated into the DRF Group in 2001, and the Northern HeliCopter GmbH (NHC), which provides air and water rescue services, was acquired in 2019. Furthermore, DRF Luftrettung is involved in the AP3 Luftrettung network at a HEMS base in Balzers/Liechtenstein. In addition, DRF Luftrettung also brings back patients from abroad with its own ambulance aircraft.

    For the continuous expansion of its vitally important tasks, the non-profit air rescue organisation depends on financial support. Today, DRF e.V. is already supported by well over 400,000 sponsors.

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