Swiss Air-Rescue Assists After Natural Disasters

Aeromedical transport of patients needing advanced care sometimes requires specialized equipment. The premature birth portable kit in the lower right photo is designed to be capable with all aircraft. The kit weighs 127 kg to support a 1-kg baby.
Credit: Rega
In 1952, Dr. Rudolf Bucher, a physician, founded Swiss Air-Rescue, an organization that would evolve into today’s Rega, and on Dec. 22 of that year Sepp Bauer carried out its first helicopter rescue, in Davos, using a Hiller 360. The next February, when the Netherlands' dikes collapsed, flooding...

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