Wilderswil base – in the Bernese Oberland
The operational area of Rega’s Wilderswil base lies in the very heart of Switzerland and extends from the Napf to the Eiger north face and from the Susten to the Niesen. The Wilderswil base deals with almost all kinds of mission, flies to both the Swiss Plateau region and into the high mountains, and ensures a swift journey by air from the peripheral regions to a central hospital.
The history of the Wilderswil base
In summer 1971, the first helicopter used for air-rescue missions was stationed in a military shelter at Interlaken Airport. As in those days Rega’s financial situation did not allow it to operate a helicopter and crew exclusively for rescue flights, until 1993 its missions were performed by crews from the Bernese Oberland helicopter firm, Berner Oberländer Helikopter AG (Bohag).
A base constantly undergoing change
In 1974, a second helicopter – an Alouette III – was also stationed at the base, which was used exclusively for rescue flights. In 1982, the operational buildings built together with Bohag and the hangar at the new heliport in Gsteigwiler were officially inaugurated. From 1993, Rega deployed its own crew, flying an Agusta A 109 K2 helicopter. Fifteen years later, lack of space and increasingly stringent safety regulations led to the two organisations parting company. In May 2008, Rega’s Bernese Oberland crew moved into their new base on the site of the firm, RUAG, in Wilderswil. Since May 2010, the Wilderswil base has operated the modern rescue helicopter, AgustaWestland Da Vinci.
Type of missions governed by tourism
The Wilderswil base flies demanding rescue missions right up to the highest mountain peaks. Its field of activities is governed by the strong seasonal fluctuations in tourism. In summer, the crew is above all called out to assist injured or seriously ill tourists in the holiday resorts and in winter, to attend to injured skiers and snowboarders. The Bernese Oberland crew flies more than 1,100 missions a year.
|Radio code||"Rega 10"|
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Strong seasonal fluctuations, especially in the winter sports season, mid-summer and autumn. Almost 200 missions at night, mostly to transport patients swiftly to the central hospital.
The crew is on 24-hour standby at the base.
The Bernese Oberland crew moved into their new base on the RUAG site in Wilderswil in May 2008.
During the winter season, "Rega 17" is also stationed in Wilderswil as a backup.