The history of the base in Geneva
In 1987, the Geneva civil protection authority signed a collaboration agreement with Rega and Geneva University Hospitals (HUG). Within the framework of this cooperation, HUG supplied Rega with anaesthetists, thus providing the team with specialist medical expertise. This meant that the Geneva helicopter crew could now be deployed for rescue missions and patient transports using the radio call sign, “Rega 15”. All missions performed by “Rega 15” are coordinated by Rega’s Operations Centre and the Geneva 144 emergency call centre (CASU). In 2001, the helicopter base celebrated its 30th anniversary. At the same time, a cantonal vote on legislation relating to the quality, speed and efficiency of urgent medical transports led to the Geneva base becoming affiliated to Geneva University Hospitals. In 2003, the Ecureuil rescue helicopter was replaced by a new twin-engine EC135 helicopter, which is still in operation today.
Broad scope of operations
Whether accident, illness or search flight: the yellow helicopter flies around 400 missions every year. In addition, the Geneva crew regularly works together with various operational partners, such as the Geneva Fire Service (SIS), Swiss Alpine Rescue (ARS), the French emergency medical service (SAMU), the International Rescue Society of the Lake of Geneva (SISL) and Geneva Airport Security Services (SSA).
|Radio code||"Rega 15"|
Route Henry-Claudius-Forestier 32
|No. of missions in 2022||339|
|Range of missions||Accidents, illnesses and search flights.|
|Building||Built in 1971|
Close cooperation with various operational partners (Geneva Fire Service (SIS), Swiss Alpine Rescue (ARS), the French emergency medical service (SAMU), the International Rescue Society of the Lake of Geneva (SISL) and Geneva Airport Security Services (SSA)).
|The crew's favourite food||Hachis Parmentier|