WINDEAcare is the leading comprehensive medical care concept for the offshore wind industry. The idea of cooperation between several highly qualified partners from different areas has now been appreciated by an international jury. WINDEAcare was honored with this year’s Duty of Care Award in the category “Partnership”. The award presentation took place on 29 June 2017 at a gala event in Berlin.
Emden. Northern HeliCopter GmbH (NHC) with its holistic medical care concept WINDEAcare remains the preferred provider for the emergency medical service supply for offshore wind farms in the German Bight. Again, the company has won an important contract: The supply of medical services for the new offshore wind farm Merkur in the German Bight during installation and commissioning phase.
Elsfleth. Seven men are floating in the Hunte. The air temperature is 4 °C, the water temperature is 6 °C. One and a half hours the men endure in their survival suits, then the actual work begins: Saving human lives. “
Emden/Elsfleth/Hanover. This was a true premiere: For the very first time, members of the NHC offshore rescue helicopter's medical crew did their annual algorithm training under difficult conditions in the "Christoph Life" simulator. The "Christoph Life" simulator is a mobile cell of the type "BK117" helicopter, acquired for such purposes by the Johanniter (JUH) training institute in Hannover together with the Trauma Foundation of Hannover Medical School (MHH).
St. Peter-Ording. Early August saw an initial training session in the North Sea with Bernhard Schulte Offshore GmbH's new service operation vessel (SOV) “WINDEA La Cour", which had just been put into service, and the "Northern Rescue 01" offshore rescue helicopter. The training was focused on the communication between the bridge of the SOV and the offshore rescue helicopter, winch procedures from the quarterdeck and what the deckhands have to do when a helicopter lands on the helideck of "WINDEA La Cour".
Emden/St. Peter-Ording. An unannounced alarm exercise was recently held at the Amrumbank West offshore wind farm. The deployed personnel, the crew of Northern HeliCopter GmbH’s offshore rescue helicopter and the Offshore VENTUSmedic medical control centre operated by the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe accident assistance organization were given no advance information, and therefore initially had to assume that this was a real case of emergency.
Lesbos / Emden Irrespective of the European Union's political decisions and regardless of the huge risks involved in crossing the Mediterranean stretch from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos, people are fleeing in the face of war in their devastated homelands and risking their lives in the process. "The intensified border controls are forcing the refugees to take their chances under the cover of darkness. They are in many cases literally left to their own devices, adrift at sea in overcrowded hardshell or inflatable dinghies, and that is a very dangerous situation", reports Carlos Glatz. The young paramedic used his time off to spend two weeks working as volunteer for the non-profit NGO "Sea-Watch" in the port on the east coast of Lesbos. His motivation: "No-one should have to die at sea."
St. Peter-Ording/Emden FDP politician Christopher Vogt made use of his stay in the North Frisia region to pay a fact-finding visit to Northern HeliCopter GmbH's offshore air rescue base in St. Peter-Ording. Mr. Vogt, deputy leader of the Free Democratic Party parliamentary group and chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee in the Schleswig-Holstein state parliament, was particularly interested in the holistic rescue concept WINDEAcare.