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Helicopter rescue

NHC Northern HeliCopter

Due to the considerable distances that have to be covered in offshore emergencies, time plays a major role. It is therefore important to reach the patient as quickly as possible and deliver treatment within the timeframes critical for patient survival. The helicopters used (Eurocopter AS 365 N2/N3) boast the latest technology and modern emergency medical equipment such as monitors, ventilators, portable ultrasound, mini laboratories, etc.

The offshore rescue station in the North Sea is located in St. Peter-Ording. For the Baltic Sea region, a rescue helicopter is stationed in Güttin on the island Rugia. Both stations are staffed 24/7 with a flight and medical crew and ensure short flight times to the wind farms. In the event of a technical failure of one helicopter, an equivalent replacement is always on stand-by.

The Crew

Our crew always includes the following professionals:

  • two pilots 
  • hoist operator
  • paramedic (trained in water and height rescues)
  • emergency physician (trained in water and height rescues)

All of the emergency physicians employed in our offshore air rescue teams have above-average experience in emergency and intensive medical treatment and regularly work in emergency medicine on land in addition to their work with our offshore rescue teams. Their specialist training and active work in hospitals and ERs on the mainland ensures that our emergency physicians are familiar with all of the methods of modern emergency medicine.

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