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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


Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe

Mont Blanc Helicopters

Norwegian Air Ambulance

ÖAMTC Air Rescue


Swiss Air-Rescue Rega

HEMS in the UK

Wuhan Yaxin Hospital

HEMS stories

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

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