During the past five years, the Airbus Foundation-sponsored training has been conducted in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico. It will continue during 2020 with the Foundation’s goal of supporting the development of HEMS in countries of need, and is to include visits to Asia and Latin America this year.
Attending the sessions are doctors, nurses, pilots, technicians and managers from hospitals, organisations and government agencies responsible for medical care – with the participants looking to benefit from Airbus’ expertise as a leading manufacturer of rotorcraft used in HEMS duties, along with gaining from the experience of its partners.
The training sessions were very interesting and helped us to acquire knowledge about HEMS and its implementation.
Muthu Venky, Indian emergency doctor
With the Airbus Foundation’s involvement, the training engages doctors and professors with HEMS experience from the French Fondation de l'Académie de Médecine (FAM) with the support of Airbus Helicopters personnel. In 2019, the Airbus Foundation trained 215 doctors and rescuers; overall, more than 1,100 professionals have benefited from this programme, with its influence and reputation continuing to grow.
“While HEMS is well established in certain areas of the world – such as North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand – there are many countries where helicopters are not yet deployed for such services,” explained Ralph Setz, Airbus Helicopters’ Senior Manager, Operational Marketing for the HEMS segment, and the coordinator for HEMS training.
In our outreach, we meet with hospitals and organisations to explain the vital role that HEMS can play, especially in regions with heavy traffic on the roads and where there are remote areas and large distances to hospitals.
Ralph Setz, the Airbus Helicopters coordinator for HEMS training
Class room case study during the HEMS training, Jakarta / Indonesia