The air rescue station in Bad Saarow was founded 30 years ago , and 20 years ago the DRF air rescue took over. On the occasion of the milestone birthday, the crews of the rescue helicopter “Christoph 49” stationed at the station take a look back, but also a look at their current work.
The crew of the Bad Saarower station of the DRF Luftrettung start their life-saving missions more than 1,300 times a year. The most common alarm reasons are life-threatening cardiovascular diseases or stroke with a share of a good third. Air rescuers are also often alerted to accidents in road traffic, at home or at work. Because: In an emergency, every minute counts, and the clock ticks in the event of serious illnesses or injuries. The fastest possible emergency medical assistance and immediate and gentle transport to a clinic where patients can be optimally cared for save lives and improve the chances of recovery. The helicopter has been an indispensable building block in emergency care in the region for many years. This also becomes clear in the good cooperation with the local partners, says Fäth: “We know that we can rely on our colleagues here in the Helios Clinic, with the ground-based rescue services, the fire services or the police. Many thanks to all of you for the many years of work hand in hand for the people here in Brandenburg. ”
The station was founded at its current location in 1990, and in 2000 the DRF Luftrettung took over operations from the Bundeswehr. After the DRF Luftrettung had used a helicopter type BK 117 as “Christoph 49” for many years, the switch to a modern EC135 took place in 2010. A year earlier, in 2009, the new personnel service building had already been inaugurated.
Fast savers in the region
The helicopter can reach emergency locations within a radius of 60 kilometers within a 15-minute flight. A pilot, an emergency doctor and an emergency medic are on board. “Christoph 49” is mainly used in emergency rescue: In over 95 percent of all alarms, it serves as a quick emergency doctor and for the gentle transport of patients to a clinic. The area of application includes the counties Oder-Spree, Dahme-Spreewald, Teltow-Fläming, Oderland, Barnim, Frankfurt / Oder and Spree-Neiße. In addition to emergency rescue, he also carries out urgent transports of intensive care patients. “Christoph 49” is based at the Helios Clinic in Bad Saarow and is ready for use from 7:00 am until sunset.