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Annual Media Conference 2013

Rega's ambulance jets register an increase in missions


Swiss Air-Rescue Rega can look back on a successful jubilee year in 2012. Even 60 years after it was founded, stable mission figures and an ever growing number of patrons are a clear indication that Rega's services are frequently used and highly valued.

In 2012, mission numbers were down slightly on the previous year, with Rega organising a total of 13,966 rescue missions. This decline in activity, equivalent to 1.9 percent, is principally attributable to the bad weather during the weekends, which resulted in the helicopters being called out less frequently. In contrast, the Rega ambulance jets were more in demand than ever before; in 2012, they flew 847 missions (+21.3%) and repatriated a total of 855 patients. This is the highest number of patients that the Rega jets have transported within the space of a calendar year.

Patronage system forms a solid foundation

No fewer than 2.445 million patrons support Rega with their annual contributions. Last year, 65,000 new patronages were registered, corresponding to a net growth of 2.7 percent. This solid foundation enables Rega to perform a top-quality public service for the good of the Swiss population and to constantly place the welfare of its patients at the centre of its activities – totally independently of state funding and commercial interests.

Integrated communication and organisation

The aim of REMICO (REga MIssion COntrol), a large-scale project lasting over four years, is to replace the existing infrastructure with an integrated dispatch system complete with a state-of-the-art radio network. After in a first phase the basic infrastructure was renewed, the new dispatch system went into operation on 3 December 2012. In the final project phase, all 42 Rega radio stations will be modernised by the end of 2014.

Real flight training – but not in the air

Highly trained crews are crucial for the safety and success of rescue flights. That is why Rega is investing in a simulator for the AgustaWestland Da Vinci helicopter. In addition to “regular” flight training, the simulator makes it possible to practise accident scenarios realistically and efficiently – and without danger, noise or polluting the environment.

Investment in its infrastructure

Almost two years after construction work began in June 2011, the new Rega base in Ticino today celebrates its official inauguration. Last year, groundwork also got underway in the western part of the Bernese Oberland; the new helicopter base in Zweisimmen is due to be completed towards the end of this year. Thus Rega is continually investing in its infrastructure and its dense network of helicopter bases. Its aim is to provide the Swiss population with the best possible emergency medical treatment and care swiftly and efficiently – including in peripheral regions of the country.

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