Finnish Army, March 22, 2018 - During the Northern Griffin 18 exercise, the Finnish Army regiment Utin Jääkärirykmentti has been involved in three urgent missions for the transport of civilian patients to hospital.
In the exercise, the Lapland Medical District is asking for air transport support from the Defence Forces if it is clearly beneficial to the patient in the initial treatment.
In certain cases, rapid transport is essential for the survival of the patient. In Lapland long distances, the importance of air transport is highlighted. Helicopters have always played an important role as part of an emergency treatment service as part of the cooperation with the Defence Forces.
"We hope this kind of cooperation will continue in the future", said emergency management officer Boog Karelia from Lapland.
The NH90 Helicopter is always on standby to support the civilian authorities. The Defence forces may be requested to provide helicopters if other assets are not enough or are not suitable for the task.
Every year, there are about 30 support missions made by the helicopters most of which are searches. The technical features of the NH90 helicopter, including night vision equipment, thermal camera and search light, greatly help in these tasks.