Rega 14: Base for the Western Bernese Oberland
The partnership between Rega and Berner Oberländer Helikopter AG - known as Bohag for short - began 26 years ago. At that time, Bohag hired from Rega an Alouette III to use for its rescue flights. Almost 20 years later, Bohag started flying missions on behalf of Rega using its own Ecureuil B3.
In December 2009, Rega reassumed this service, operating an Agusta A 109 K2. With Rega as a tenant of Bohag, the partnership and close collaboration between the two enterprises continues. For Rega still relies on the help of the Bohag transport helicopter - for example, in the case of avalanche accidents or to transport SAC rescuers and rescue material.
Rega 14, the radio code for the Zweisimmen base
Rega 14 takes to the skies in the summer and autumn months, in response to emergency calls received from injured hikers, bikers and mountain climbers. The mountain base feels the seasonal fluctuations, and is at its busiest during the winter sport season. Consequently, on fine summer weekends and between December and Easter it is on stand-by every day to deal with emergencies.
Since December 2010, Zweisimmen has also been in the possession of one of the new mountain helicopters, the AgustaWestland Da Vinci. While this machine is above all deployed in the western area of the Bernese Oberland, it also comes to the aid of its colleagues from the Lausanne base in nearby French-speaking Switzerland.
The opening of the new helicopter base in Zweisimmen in November 2013 marks a new chapter for the crew of Rega 14. For the first time in its history, the Rega crew has a base of its own.