14-Feb-2022 Source: Air Zermatt
Since Friday, Air Zermatt is on standby with a rescue team 24 hours a day at the base in Gampel. In case of an emergency call, helicopter, pilot, paramedics and the emergency doctor are ready for action even faster day and night. This measure shortens the start of a rescue team at night by up to 20 minutes.
The density of village doctors who can also be called to an emergency during the night is steadily decreasing. Air Zermatt is committed to filling this gap in medical care in the Valais and therefore provides a rescue crew around the clock at its base in Gampel.
Air Zermatt did not choose the Gampel location by chance. This base is fully equipped as a rescue station and is centrally located in the Upper Valais. Together with the base of Air-Glaciers in Sion, the two helicopter companies now cover the entire Valais at night with at least two rescue teams.
In order to guarantee the 24-hour service, Air Zermatt invested more than half a million Swiss francs in the necessary infrastructure at the base in Gampel. The Upper Valais helicopter company has also recruited additional personnel.
At the base in Zermatt, the disposition of the rescue crew remains the same as before. Here, Air Zermatt guarantees the take-off of a rescue helicopter within a maximum of 35 minutes during the night. In the high season, the crew also remains at the helicopter 24 hours a day in order to be able to take off even faster. Valuable time that can save lives.