Change font size

Search

Rega – Swiss Air-Rescue
Die Basis Untervaz

Untervaz base – in the north of Graubünden

Rega’s Untervaz base is situated in the middle of a nature sports region, which is popular with paragliders in spring, rock climbers and mountain bikers in summer, and hikers and hunters in autumn. It also lies in the vicinity of the Alpine city of Chur.

 

 

1976-1992: Alouette III 319B
1992-2009: Agusta A 109 K2
ab 2010: AgustaWestland Da Vinci

The history of the Untervaz base

Back in 1976, Rega stationed a rescue helicopter at Bad Ragaz Airport to cover its operational area in Eastern Switzerland. In those days, rescue missions were performed on behalf of Rega by Air Grischa, using an Alouette III with the registration number HB-XDF; already in its first year, the crews flew more than 70 missions. From autumn 1980, Rega operated its base in Bad Ragaz for the first time using its own staff. In 1982, Air Grischa and Rega inaugurated a new joint base, complete with hangar, in Untervaz. From then on, the rescue helicopter from the new Graubünden base took off from Untervaz.

Modernisation

August 1992 marked the beginning of a new Rega era at the northern Graubünden base. The first of the new, twin-engine Agusta A 109 K2 rescue helicopters commenced operations in Untervaz. The growing number of missions soon called for larger facilities, and in 1998 a more spacious building was constructed. In November 2009, the Untervaz base took delivery of the new mountain helicopter, the AgustaWestland Da Vinci, bearing the registration number HB-ZRW. Nowadays, the crew at the Rega base in Untervaz fly around 700 missions each year. The majority of these involve winter and summer sport accidents of all kinds.

Profile

AddressRega Untervaz
Polenlöserweg 30a
7204 Untervaz
Radio code"Rega 5"
No. of missions in 2019845
Range of missions

A large number of missions involve winter and summer sports of all kinds.

Operating times

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

Building

The location has been used as a Rega base since 1981, from 1998 with its own building, which was renovated in 2016.

Special features

The crew shares the facilities at the helicopter base with Swisshelicopter AG, which also acts as an operation partner for special transports (e.g. assistance for mountain farmers, avalanche missions, etc.).

The crew's favourite food

All the delicious meals that the physicians conjure up in the new kitchen.

Access map