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Rega – Swiss Air-Rescue
Die Basis Belp

Berne base – located in Belpmoos

It is not just members of the Swiss government that take off from Bern-Belpmoos Airport; Rega, too, has been heading off on missions from “Mösli”, as it is affectionately called, since 1976.

1976-1995: Bölkow BO 105C / 105 CBS
1983-1995: Alouette III 319B
1995-2003: Agusta A 109 K2
Der neue Rettungshelikopter H145 auf dem Berner Bundesplatz

The history of the Berne base

At the beginning, the base was little more than a hut; the rescue helicopter, a Bell 206 Jet Ranger, stood outside in the open air. This was soon replaced by a Bölkow BO 105 CBS, which offered more room and was Rega’s first twin-engine helicopter. From 1983, an Alouette III was also stationed at the Berne base. This helicopter served as a reserve machine for French-speaking Switzerland and was mainly used to perform hoist operations. In 1980, the Berne base carried out its first road rescue in Canton Berne. Since 1984, the Inselspital University Hospital in Berne has been contracted to provide the physicians for Rega’s stand-by medical team.

New building, new helicopter

In autumn 1991, the Rega crew took up residence at the new Berne base. Since then, the hangar, offices and living quarters have been united under one roof. The new building was awarded an environmental award by the airport municipality of Belp for, among other things, its heat pump plant and the landscaping of its flat roof. In 1995, the two helicopters were replaced by an Agusta A 109 K2. Between 2003 and 2018, the Berne base operated an EC 145 helicopter.

First H145 at the Berne base

On 23 October 2018, the first of Rega’s seven new Airbus Helicopters H145 lowland helicopters commenced operations at the base in Berne – thus replacing the EC 145, which during its 15 years of service had proved itself to be a highly reliable and versatile rescue helicopter. On 2 November 2018, Rega presented to the people of Berne their brand new rescue helicopter in the middle of the Bundesplatz.

Typical lowland base

Rega’s Berne base is a lowland base, which accounts for the high proportion of missions relating to road accidents. The number of primary missions (accidents) is more or less on a par with the amount of secondary missions (interhospital transfers). These days, the Berne crew fly around 800 missions a year, many of which take them to the Inselspital University Hospital.

Profile

AddressRega Bern
Flugplatzstrasse 1
3123 Belp
Radio code"Rega 3"
No. of missions in 2019984
Range of missionsOccupational accidents, traffic accidents, sports accidents, acute medical illnesses.
Operating times

The crew is on 24-hour standby at the base.

BuildingThe building was renovated in 2011.
Special features

The base has a so-called wide stretcher to transport obese patients weighing over 150kg and can also perform transports with a heart-lung-machine (ECMO) on board.

The crew's favourite food

In summer grilled meat with salad, in winter raclette with potatoes.

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