Rega takes the form of an autonomous, privately run, non-profit foundation. With its 3,600,000 patrons, it is firmly rooted within the Swiss population. Rega operates independently of political interests and receives no subsidies from the State. The objectives and guiding principles relating to its activities are laid down it its Foundation Deed.
Rega’s supreme organ is the Foundation Board, which lays down Rega’s strategy. The activities of the Foundation Board are determined by the Executive Committee. The members of the Medical Commission and the Finance Commission assist the Foundation Board with their specialist knowledge. The Advisory Committee comprises representatives of the various partner organisations and acts in an advisory capacity.
Franz Stämpfli, member Rega Foundation Board, Chairman
Thomas P. Emmerich, member Rega Foundation Board
Stefan Goerre, Dr. med., Swiss Alpine Rescue representative
Stephan Zeller, representative, Canton Valais
Andy Scheurer, representative, Speleo-Secours
Markus Denzler, representative, police commanders
Marc Ziegler, representative, Swiss Cable Cars Association
Sibylle Frey, representative, Swiss Air Force
Roman Burkart, representative, Medical Emergency Call Center 144
Renato Belloli, representative, Swiss Helicopter Association (SHA)
Daniel Weisskopf, representative, Swiss Fire Brigade Coordination (FKS)
The Management Board is charged with the day-to-day management of the organisation. It implements Rega’s strategy and determines the measures that are necessary to meets its objectives. The members of the Management Board lay down the organisational structure and ensure that the legal provisions are complied with.
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Rega: portrait of the Rega helicopter base in Lausanne
The Rega crew: the paramedic
Sylvan Reichlin, 43, helicopter mechanic
Training as an aircraft mechanic
Active involvement and partnerships
Thanks to the support of our patrons, we are able to provide our services to people in distress and to the Swiss population around the clock. Our values and actions, as well as our deeply-rooted support among the general public, are based on the principle of solidarity. Through our voluntary commitments, we want to give something in return, particularly to young people. Therefore, in collaboration with our partners, we support a variety of activities in the youth sector.
Rega supports sports activities for children and young people within the framework of the Jugend+Sport promotion programme run by the Swiss Federal Office of Sport FOSPO.
Those taking part in a J+S-approved event, such as camps and courses for children and young people, are deemed to be Rega patrons for the duration of the activity. This means that any rescue missions carried out on behalf of J+S participants are treated financially in the same way as with regular Rega patrons.
All J+S coaches and leaders can register participants solely via the J+S database, Nationale Datenbank Sport (NDS), and transmit this data to Rega before the start of the event.
For almost 40 years, Pro Juventute has been organising or supporting supervised holiday activities for children and young people. In order to further promote this idea, since 2010 Pro Juventute has enabled activity organisers to offer numerous Holiday Passes throughout Switzerland via its “Feriennet” booking platform. Rega supports the activities published on the Pro Juventute Feriennet: participants who attend a Holiday Pass activity and are registered with Rega are deemed to be Rega patrons for the duration of the activity. This means that any rescue missions carried out on behalf of persons taking part in a J+S Holiday Pass activity are treated financially in the same way as with regular Rega patrons.
In 2021, Rega and Samariter Schweiz launched the programme, “Retten ist KLASSE – Erste Hilfe an Schulen”. The programme, which is available in German, French and Italian, is free of charge and is aimed at teachers as well as schoolchildren aged 12 and over. Its objective is to raise awareness among schoolchildren about the subject of first aid, to teach them basic first aid and to motivate them to take action. The programme comprises an eBook and three teaching units each lasting around 45 minutes, which teachers can implement independently with their classes
Swiss Museum of Transport, Lucerne
The Swiss Museum of Transport and Rega enjoy a long-standing partnership, which has given rise to the interactive exhibition, “Medical Help from the Air”, providing fascinating and amazing insights into Rega’s everyday work. The exhibition, which covers an area of 300 square metres, focuses on the fascination with Rega. Experience at close quarters “Rega 8” taking off, guide a rescue helicopter in to land in the downwash simulator and take a look around the Operations Centre, the heart of Rega. Furthermore, in the helicopter simulator you can get a real feeling of what it is like to fly.
The Museum of Transport and Rega look forward to your visit.
Experience at close quarters the fascination of flying. Observation Decks B and E at Zurich Airport provide exciting insights into the airport activities and will keep visitors of all ages entertained. With a little luck, you might even see one of Rega’s three ambulance jets take off or land.
The Swiss watch manufacturer, domiciled in Hölstein, Canton Basel-Landschaft, specialises in the production of mechanical watches under the Oris brand and shares the values upheld by Rega. This, together with its over 100 years of experience in the manufacture of innovative pilot’s watches, has led to a cooperation, initiated in 2016, between the two companies with the aim of expressing the fascination of flying in an authentic way in a watch. In recognition of Rega’s services to air rescue in Switzerland, Oris is now dedicating a third watch to Rega in a limited edition.
Swiss Red Cross
The Swiss Red Cross (SRC) was founded in 1866 in Berne and is the national Red Cross society in Switzerland. The SRC comprises 24 cantonal associations along with four rescue organisations, two institutions and the SRC headquarters. Rega is a partner organisation of the SRC.
The majority of Rega’s complex rescue activities are financed by means of donations and patronage contributions. Rega is therefore obliged to use these funds within the framework of the foundation’s purpose – air rescue. For this reason, it does not generally engage in sponsorship activities.