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Rescue hand in hand

Depending on the type of mission, Rega crews require the assistance of operation partners with specialised knowledge, expertise and equipment.

Swiss Alpine Rescue and the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC)

SAC helicopter rescue specialist suspended at the end of a hoist cable

The Swiss Alpine Rescue (ARS) foundation was set up by the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) and Swiss-Air Rescue, Rega with the objective of coming to the aid of people who find themselves in serious difficulties in the mountains. The SAC’s helicopter rescue specialists (RSH) are used above all for missions in rough terrain, where they are responsible for securing the accident site to enable the emergency physician to attend to the patient without hindrance.


SIRMED

Course at the Swiss Institute of Emergency Medicine SIRMED

The Swiss Institute of Emergency Medicine SIRMED is a not-for-profit public company and is jointly funded by the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation SPS and Swiss Air-Rescue Rega, each of which holds 50% of the shares.
SIRMED’s vision is that every person who finds themselves in an emergency situation in Switzerland is provided with the best possible emergency and acute medical care at the accident site, during transportation, and in hospital. SIRMED’s core competency lies in enabling people to deliver the best possible care to emergency patients. The company offers top-quality education programmes and training courses in the field of emergency and rescue medicine for both professionals and laypeople. It is also actively involved in developing emergency and rescue medicine, as well as the corresponding training courses, in Switzerland. Since it was founded, over 80,000 people have taken part in a SIRMED training course.  

Ambulance services 144

Ground ambulance and Rega helicopter on a rescue mission

In the course of its missions, Rega works closely with the ambulance services. In the case of road accidents, for example, Rega is often called out by the ambulance emergency service 144 or by the ambulance staff at the accident site.
Swiss rescue services

Police

Members of the police force guide the Rega rescue helicopter at the accident site

Rega frequently works side by side with the police – such as, for example, when carrying out search operations or dealing with diving accidents.
Police



Fire services

A burning building: the fire service and Rega train for a real-life emergency

Whether recovering accident victims or fighting fires, the fire brigade is an important partner for Rega.
Swissfire




Piste rescue services

Ski piste employee together with Rega crew

Every year, more than 1,400 Rega missions are performed in response to winter sport accidents. Consequently, good cooperation with the piste rescue services is particularly important. 
Piste rescue services


Commercial helicopter transport firms

Helicopter operated by Heli-Linth AG during landing

On a number of missions, Rega works together with commercial helicopter firms. Such operations include rescues from avalanches or glacier crevasses, search flights, and the recovery of cattle from Alpine pastures.
Swiss Helicopter Association


Swiss Air Force

Side by side: a H135M from the Swiss Air Force and Rega's AgustaWestland Da Vinci mountain helicopter

The Swiss Air Force comes to Rega’s aid particularly when search flights need to be carried out at night. The air force has at its disposal helicopters that are equipped with state-of-the-art thermal imaging cameras.
Swiss Air Force


REDOG

Rescue dog

 Rega assists REDOG with transport to disaster areas. 
REDOG

 

 


Speleo-Secours Switzerland

Specialists from Speleo-Secours during a cave rescue

The rescuers from the Swiss cave rescue association, Speleo-Secours Switzerland, are called out via the Rega Operations Centre. Cave rescues are particularly difficult and dangerous, and require highly-trained specialists.
Speleo-Secours Switzerland


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