Rügen is the emergency medical care base for Baltic 2

Wednesday, 9 October, 2013 - 11:00
A BK 117-C1 helicopter, which belongs to DRF Air Rescue, is stationed on the island of Rügen around the clock to respond to emergencies at the Baltic 1 and 2 wind farms.
Photo: DRF Air Rescue

On 1 October, DRF Air Rescue (DRF Luftrettung) began providing emergency medical care for the Baltic 1 and Baltic 2 wind farms, using a helicopter based on the island of Rügen in the German Baltic Sea. They were signed up for the job by 50Hertz Offshore GmbH, which is responsible for connecting the wind farms in the Baltic Sea to the grid, and EnBW Baltic 2 GmbH and are therefore an essential part of the work rescue service.

A BK 117-C1 helicopter with special medical and technical equipment as well as a hoist on board will be stationed at the Güttin airfield around the clock for emergency missions. The helicopter is manned by two pilots, an emergency doctor and a paramedic who has been trained to operate the hoist. The pilots, who have considerable offshore experience, will be provided by DRF Air Rescue, as will the hoist operator. The emergency doctors are primarily from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The entire crew has received extensive training on the mission profile.

The helicopter takes about 15 minutes flight time to reach the Baltic 1 wind farm and 20 minutes to get to Baltic 2, which is still under construction about 70 km from Rügen. It can use the hoist to lower the emergency doctor down onto platforms at the construction site or perform hoist manoeuvres on the turbines. An important part of the rescue concept will also be to have a DRF Air Rescue paramedic available around the clock at the Baltic 2 construction site. In an emergency, he will be able to initiate important medical measures directly at the location of the accident and prepare the patient for transport. When the helicopter arrives, the patient can be hoisted on board and transported to an appropriate clinic.

"Fast and optimal care for patients – this is the purpose of the non-profit organisation DRF Air Rescue, which operates 28 helicopter stations in Germany. We are very pleased that we can now offer our 40 years of experience and our associated medical and aviation know-how in air rescue with our first offshore helicopter in the Baltic Sea. This job will enable us to generate additional revenue for air rescue," Steffen Lutz, board member at DRF Air Rescue explains.

Katharina Garus

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