Rega – Swiss Air-Rescue

Erstfeld base – in the region where Switzerland was founded

The Rega base in Erstfeld is located in the heart of Switzerland. The fact that the crew can reach both the high mountainous regions and the lowlands within just a few minutes in the air is reflected in the wide range of missions.

1977-1995: Alouette III 319B
1995-2009: Agusta A 109 K2
ab 2010: AgustaWestland Da Vinci

The history of the Erstfeld base

Rega performed its first rescue missions in the canton of Uri, in central Switzerland, as early as 1966. At that time, Swiss Air-Rescue commissioned the helicopter firm, Heliswiss, to fly missions on its behalf from Erstfeld, primarily for injured mountain climbers and hikers. Over the following years, the number of missions rapidly grew and in 1978, Rega decided to station its own helicopter, an Alouette III with the registration number HB-XFM, in Erstfeld.

Move to a distinctive new building in 1991

In 1980, Rega contracted the services of its own flight physician to deal with medical emergencies in Canton Uri. Three years later, it also hired a pilot and a paramedic. In June 1991, the Uri crew moved into the distinctive new building of the Erstfeld helicopter base and in May 1995 took delivery of a brand new Agusta A 109 K2. Since December 2009, an AgustaWestland Da Vinci helicopter has been in operation in Erstfeld. In 2014, twenty-four years after the construction of what at the time was an ultra-modern helicopter base, the building was completely modernised and an extension was added to bring it up to Rega’s present-day exacting standards. 

Mountain base at 460 metres above sea-level

Although located at just 460 metres above sea-level, Rega 8 is regarded as a mountain base. Consequently, in summer its missions mainly involve accidents in the mountains, while during the winter months the crew are frequently called out to attend to injured winter sports enthusiasts. In addition to road and occupational accidents, interhospital transfers play an important role. The centrally located base also frequently receives requests to assist with missions in other regions.

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Address

Rega Erstfeld

Reussstrasse 40

6472 Erstfeld

Radio code"Rega 8"
No. of missions in 2019797
Range of missions

Due to its central location, the base flies missions to locations in everything from high mountainous regions to the lowlands. Peaks in operations occur in the winter season and in mid-summer.

Operating times

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

Building

The base building was constructed in 1991 and completely renovated and further extended in 2014.

Special features

We are the lowest-lying mountain base in Switzerland.

The crew's favourite food

Cordon bleu (preferably with French fries).

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