The crews of the 35 stations in Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein as well as the air ambulance service were alerted a total of 40,738 times in order to provide professional medical help as quickly as possible to seriously ill or injured people. Because: When a life is at stake, every minute counts.
The entire fleet of the DRF Group made a decisive contribution to emergency medical care last year with 40,738 missions. As a result, the air rescuers reached the high level of the previous year with an average of 111 alerts per day. The response teams were particularly often alerted to heart diseases such as heart attacks or neurological incidents. But even after accidents, patients need the fast help of the air rescuers, who reach deployment sites within a 15-minute flight within a radius of 60 kilometers. Most cared-for accident victims are injured in traffic accidents and falls.
“It is part of our self-image to continue to improve our work for the benefit of our patients. Last year, for example, we therefore continued to expand our fleet: in addition to three state-of-the-art helicopters of the H 135 and H 145 types, we also commissioned a new Lear 35 A ambulance jet, ”says Dr. Krystian Pracz, CEO of DRF Luftrettung. “A number of station anniversaries coming up in the coming year also show that we have enjoyed great trust at many locations for years and have become an indispensable component of fast emergency care on site and nationwide.”
The DRF group is also an important part of the rescue system at night and starts
its life-saving missions around the clock at 13 of its stations. It is the European leader in the field of nightly air rescue operations, with the most flight hours in the dark. A total of 22 percent of these stations were deployed during the night last year.