DRF Luftrettung, August 24, 2021 - On August 19, 2021, DRF Luftrettung, together with its subsidiaries, carried out the one millionth air rescue mission - each with the aim of providing medical care to people in need as quickly as possible.
In addition to the historical number that was reached at the Munich station on behalf of all emergency crews, the air rescuers primarily focus on the people and their stories behind the missions. Under #TeamEineMillionPlus, employees, partners and patients talk about their personal experiences from a million missions and make the world of air rescuers come alive.
When, on August 19, 2021, shortly before 5 p.m., the alarm rang at the Munich station, the emergency crew took off, as usual, within a few minutes for the location.
A 27-year-old woman has to be taken to a special clinic for further medical care as soon as possible due to premature labor. The three-person crew takes over the patient from the ground-based rescue service and flies her directly to the Großhadern Clinic.
With this mission, DRF Luftrettung and its subsidiaries became their 1,000,000th missionalarmed. “We are very proud and grateful that we have been able to assist people in medical emergencies over a million times. We would therefore like to thank everyone who made this possible with their commitment to our patients and their trust in our work, ”explains Dr. Krystian Pracz, Chairman of the Board of DRF Luftrettung.
It all started with a single helicopter that took off for the first time on March 19, 1973 to provide rapid medical aid to a person in need. Today, DRF Luftrettung, together with its subsidiaries, flies around 40,000 missions a year, which is an average of around 110 missions per day. “It is particularly important to us to show that there is a person behind every single number and thus an individual fate. That is why we focus on personal stories, experienced and told from many perspectives , ”explains Dr. Krystian Pracz continues.
“That's tens of millions of impressions and experiences . From our crews, from patients, but also from our partners in the rescue service and our sponsoring members and fans. BecauseAir rescue can only succeed in a team if everyone works hand in hand for life. "
Christoph 42 celebrates 45 years with upgrade to H145
It is one of the oldest stations of the DRF Luftrettung and the location for Christoph 42. The Rendsburg air rescue station, which moved in July 2020 and has since moved to its new home at Schachtholm airfield. Today there were three good reasons to celebrate the air rescuers.
In 2020 the station celebrated its 45th birthday and the state-of-the-art H145 was put into service in time for the move in July.
Health Minister Dr. Heiner Garg emphasized the importance of Christoph 42: “He is the central helicopter for the whole of Schleswig-Holstein.” The generation change in the helicopter “is a milestone” at a “new and familiar location”.
Dr. Krystian Pracz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DRF Luftrettung, thanked them for the broad support: “This station was supported by everyone: the state, the district, the municipalities, the ground-based rescue workers, control centers, fire brigades and the police.” What is also important is the view to look forward and ask yourself: “How can I get even more out of what is already there.”
On August 19, 2021, Christoph Munich helicopter took off for the one millionth air rescue mission on behalf of all DRF Luftrettung crews (from left to right): Station manager and pilot Sascha Netzer, emergency doctor Dr. med. Torsten Dilger and emergency paramedic Franz Trebo
Christoph 42 station which relocated last year at Rendsburg Schachtholm celebrates its 45th birthday