Emergency in the south-west Palatinate: “Christoph 54″, the Freiburg helicopter of the DRF Luftrettung, was alerted on Tuesday to rescue a fallen hiker. It was the team’s 50th winch operation since the machine was replaced with a state-of-the-art H145 with a permanently installed rescue winch at the turn of the year.
For the rescue workers, who were the first to arrive at the scene in the popular hiking area in the Palatinate Forest, it quickly became clear that rescuing the man, who was seriously injured in his spine, would be difficult. After his fall, he was left lying on a narrow ledge in steep terrain, but had to be treated as quickly as possible in a specialist clinic. The solution was the alerting of the Freiburg helicopter from DRF Luftrettung, which is equipped with a rescue winch. Its crew coordinated closely with the on-site helpers during the approach in order to save valuable time. Arrived in the forest area, the paramedic let the ambulance on the winch down to the patient. This was taken care of and secured in a rescue bag. Then the emergency doctor and patient were hoisted to the helicopter on the winch.
Oliver Barth, pilot and station manager in Freiburg, makes it clear what is important when using the winch: “Air rescue is always teamwork. This applies in particular to winch operations, they often require close, cross-organizational cooperation, for example with the ground-based rescue service, height rescuers from the fire brigade or the mountain rescue service. This was also shown impressively during our 50th winch operation. I would therefore like to take the opportunity and thank everyone with whom we work hand in hand on a daily basis to rescue our patients quickly and professionally. ”
Rapid help from the air, anytime and anywhere – that is the claim of DRF Luftrettung. If a critically injured or sick person has to be cared for in difficult and inaccessible terrain, this is a particular challenge. The use of a rescue winch permanently installed on the helicopter can be a decisive advantage. By using the rescue winch, lengthy ground-based rescue times can be avoided and prehospital times can be shortened. The DRF Luftrettung uses helicopters with rescue winches at three stations nationwide.
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