• Short Summary

    West Germany is the first country to have a Government-financed helicopter rescue service for crash victims on their high-speed autobahn (motorway) roads.

  • Description

    West Germany is the first country to have a Government-financed helicopter rescue service for crash victims on their high-speed autobahn (motorway) roads.

    There are now ten specially-equipped German-made Boelkow 105 helicopter ambulances in service. Their advantages are twofold: they can reach crash victims quickly and without difficulties -- conventional ambulances often get stuck in traffic jams caused by accidents on the autobahns -- and, once on board, injured victims can be ferried to hospital in record time.

    The helicopter ambulances are manned by pilots of the West German Frontier Guard -- who also lend out their choppers to other rescue services. In Frankfurt the service is run by the Fire Brigade, who operate the helicopter ambulances and also run the control centre.

    The German Automobiles Club also contributes to the service -- they donated two helicopters and gives clerical back-up assistance free of charge.

    The service has been introduced in the hope of saving some of the 14,000 lives lost on West German roads each year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA24O1R2NWDN9TDTUHRUAD44UWS
    Media URN:
    VLVA24O1R2NWDN9TDTUHRUAD44UWS
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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