Bad Berka (dpa/th) - The helpers of the DRF air rescue service in Thuringia were also in demand this year. The three red and white helicopters stationed in Suhl, Nordhausen and Bad Berka were alerted 1,789 times from January to June, according to the air rescue service on Monday. The team in Bad Berka, which is the only one on duty around the clock, flew 504 missions, 144 of them in emergency rescue and 360 to transport critically ill or injured patients between clinics.
In the first half of the year, Nordhausen took off 776 times, in Suhl the team and helicopter were used 509 times in rescue operations. In the entire previous year, 3371 missions came together in the Free State, which corresponds to an increase of 140. "Basically, the role of air rescue is increasing," said a spokeswoman. Nationwide, the crews of the 29 stations and the two air ambulances were alerted a total of 19,791 times from January to June 2022. Compared to the same period last year, this represents an increase of eight percent.
The DRF Group, based in Filderstadt in Baden-Württemberg, claims to be one of the largest air rescue organizations in Europe. Patients with heart disease (21 percent) were most frequently treated in the first half of the year, followed by neurological incidents (18 percent) and accident victims from falls and traffic accidents (11 percent).
According to their own statements, the air rescuers are within a 15-minute flight at an operation site within a radius of 60 kilometers. The air rescuers completed around 20 percent of their missions in the first half of the year during the night hours. In Thuringia, in addition to the DRF locations, there is also an ADAC air rescue location in Jena.