22-Jun-2021 Source: DRF Luftrettung
This Friday is something special for the air rescuers of the DRF Luftrettung: The station in Halle was founded 30 years ago . It all started with “Christoph Sachsen-Anhalt”, and since 2002, “Christoph Halle” has been a second rescue helicopter when quick help is required.
“We would have loved to celebrate this special day with many guests,” explains station manager Björn Heiderich, “Unfortunately Corona still does not allow this. But we hope to be able to catch up on that soon. Of course, we are still happy to receive congratulations. Today it is also possible digitally. ”
Congratulations come from within our own ranks: “The colleagues in Halle do a great job every day and I warmly congratulate them on the station’s 30th birthday, ” says Dr. Krystian Pracz, Chairman of the Board of DRF Luftrettung. “The crews of the two helicopters make a significant contribution to ensuring medical care for the people in Saxony-Anhalt . And, if we have our way, we will guarantee that for many more years to come. ”
The numbers show how great the need is. The two rescue helicopters took off for 2,069 missions in 2020, be it to carry out vital intensive care transports for patients or to provide medical care to injured people after an accident . A year ago, DRF Luftrettung reacted quickly to the corona pandemic and equipped “Christoph Sachsen-Anhalt” with an “EpiShuttle”. By using this special insulating stretcher, patients and crew are optimally protected.
“We would be happy if we can soon say that we no longer need the” EpiShuttle “for Corona transports,” explains Björn Heiderich, “because that would mean that we have left the pandemic behind us.” There is work to be done After all, enough for the air rescuers from Halle. And that will certainly not change in the years to come.
“Christoph Sachsen-Anhalt” is the only intensive care transport helicopter in Saxony-Anhalt that is ready for action 24 hours a day . In addition, another helicopter is stationed at the station : “Christoph Halle” is open daily from 7 am until sunsetready to use. The Halle helicopters carry out vital intensive care transports of patients between clinics. In addition, there are ECMO and incubator transports, in which premature babies or babies with severe health problems are transported in a special incubator. ECMO transports are carried out in cooperation with or on behalf of the Halle University Hospital. In addition, “Christoph Sachsen-Anhalt” and “Christoph Halle” are alerted during the day as the closest helicopters for emergency operations in order to bring an emergency doctor to the patient as quickly as possible.
When operations began in 1991 at the Halle station , HSD Luftrettung put a Bell 206 Long Ranger helicopter into service. In 1993 the station went into 24-hour operation with a Bell 222 helicopter, and in 2000 a BK 117 helicopter was put into service. From 2002, a second helicopter, “Christoph Halle”, was used. In the course of the merging of the HSD Luftrettung non-profit GmbH, the station has been operated by the DRF Foundation Luftrettung non-profit AG since January 1st, 2015 . At the beginning of 2018 the new helicopters of the type H135 (“Christoph Halle”) and H145 (“Christoph Sachsen-Anhalt”) were put into service.