In Thailand, Bangkok Helicopter Services Company Ltd (BHS) manages its cost of operation by contracting with Bangkok Hospital to provide HEMS services using two H145s

Saving lives

Helicopter emergency medical services

More than five decades of life-saving missions

Helicopters can reach the scene of an accident three to five times faster than ground vehicles and are sometimes the only possibility for difficult-to-access terrain. In such cases, medical care can be administered sooner and the chance of survival goes up significantly. Helicopters may seem like an obvious choice for quickly bringing rescue teams to accident sites and patients to hospitals, but the path to having Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) as a part of everyday life took many pioneers in the industry, working together to help make the world safer.

In celebration of that legacy, Airbus is featuring HEMS operators from around the world who helped push the boundaries and are working every day in the fight to save lives.    

Saving lives

 

When lives are at stake, every second counts. Helicopters can reach a location three to five times faster than a ground-based vehicle, meaning patients can receive life-saving medical treatment earlier, increasing the chance of survival in critical cases. #FlyingisEssential Read less Read more

Operators in the fight to save lives

ADAC Luftrettung

Air Jet

Aiut Alpin Dolomites

Babcock France and SAMU 06

Bangkok Helicopter Services Co., Ltd.

DRF Luftrettung

Hiratagakuen

HEMS in Italy

Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe

Mont Blanc Helicopters

Norwegian Air Ambulance

ÖAMTC Air Rescue

SAF Group

STARS

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega

HEMS in the UK

Wuhan Yaxin Hospital

HEMS stories

Starlite: A MEDEVAC success story

Methodist AirCare: saving lives and delivering inspiration

A portrait of HEMS in Chile

A history of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services

A patient’s best hope

Photos

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Commercial Helicopters 24 February 2021

SAF Group H135

With 15 hospital bases throughout France and its overseas territories, SAF Group is one of the leaders in HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) operations

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Commercial Helicopters 10 December 2020

ÖAMTC Air Rescue helicopters

ÖAMTC Air Rescue’s original AS355s – including the rotorcraft in the foreground – have been succeeded by H135 helicopters, one of which is visible in the background.

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Commercial Helicopters 15 December 2020

Mont Blanc EC135 and AS365

The rotorcraft fleet of Mont Blanc Helicopters – one of France’s first HEMS operators– includes Airbus’ H135, EC135 and AS365

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Emergency Medical Services 08 December 2020

Wuhan Yaxin Hospital H135 HEMS

Wuhan Yaxin Hospital, which operates an Airbus-built H135 helicopter, supports multiple initiatives to make lifesaving HEMS services more accessible in the Chinese market

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Commercial Helicopters 07 December 2020

Bangkok Helicopter Services H145

Bangkok Helicopter Services’ HEMS rotorcraft fleet – which includes the Airbus H145 – is operated in provinces across Thailand

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Commercial Helicopters 04 December 2020

STARS H145 HEMS

STARS selected Airbus’ H145 due to its high levels of safety, among other qualities.

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Commercial Helicopters 04 December 2020

Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe H135

Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe performed more than 11,000 missions in 2020, many of which utilised this Polish operator’s H135/EC135 helicopters

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Emergency Medical Services 16 July 2020

ADAC Luftrettung's H145 for HEMS operations

The German helicopter emergency medical services operator, ADAC Luftrettung, has been working around the clock with its fleet of 50 helicopters to transport COVID-19 patients.

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Commercial Helicopters 13 November 2019

HEMS operator, HALO Aviation

While many operators in South Africa decided the risk was too high to transport possible COVID-19 patients onboard, HALO adapted their procedures, equipment and behaviour to ensure their teams’ protection while ensuring the same high quality of EMS service to the public.

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Helicopters 27 November 2020

Babcock & SAMU 06 "Guardian angel"

In the Alpes-Maritimes region of southern France, the yellow helicopter of France’s emergency medical service, SAMU 06, is known as a guardian angel. Attached to the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice (CHU) and based at Hospital Pasteur 2, SAMU 06 is part of a network of 105 SAMUs (the French acronym for: Urgent Medical Aid Service) that began in the 1960s to provide emergency medical services in France, with helicopter operations taking shape in the 1980s.

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Helicopters 05 December 2018

DRF Luftrettung

In 2014, DRF Luftrettung was the launch customer for the new H145 with Airbus’ signature Fenestron shrouded tail rotor. From the fourth quarter of 2020, DRF Luftrettung will modify its H145 helicopters from the current four-blade main rotor configuration to the five-blade arrangement.

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H145 30 September 2020

H145 Five Bladed

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first five-bladed H145 to the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation.

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Helicopters 27 September 2020

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega is one of the world’s oldest air rescue organisations, responding to accidents in the Swiss Alps where sites are difficult to reach from the ground. Rega has achieved many milestones in the course of its history and continues to set standards in mountain rescue today.

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Emergency Medical Services 25 November 2020

Scottish Ambulance Service H145

Scottish Ambulance Service is one of multiple UK-based operators using Airbus’ H145 for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS)

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H135 11 September 2017

H135 Beijing 999

Show display includes China’s first HEMS configured H135, the H130, the H160 virtual experience and HCare digital solutions

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