Rega – Swiss Air-Rescue

Rega's partner base in Geneva

Air rescue in Canton Geneva dates back to 1971, when the Geneva State Council resolved to purchase its own helicopter to assist with civil defence and police operations.

The history of the partner 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, search flight or transport of premature babies: the scope of operations performed by the partner base in Geneva is broad. Its yellow helicopter flies more than 300 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).

Profile

Radio code"Rega 15"
No. of missions in 2019Over 300
Range of missionsAccidents, illnesses, search flights or transport of premature babies.
Special features

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)).