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DRF Luftrettung exists for the common good. Our mission is to save lives when every minute counts. With the latest technology, excellently trained employees, innovative ideas and the highest quality standards, we do all that we can to fulfil this mission.
As one of the largest and most experienced air rescue organisations in Europe, we have developed a genuine wealth of experience and are always happy to share our long-standing expertise from our role as a maintenance and repair organisation, training school and design organisation with those who are interested.
DRF Luftrettung is based in Filderstadt. At its 29 bases in Germany, DRF Luftrettung operates helicopters for emergency rescue and for urgent transport of intensive care patients between hospitals. Crews are on standby around the clock at eleven of these bases and three bases have helicopters equipped with rescue hoists for missions in difficult terrain.
In addition, DRF Luftrettung repatriates patients from abroad using its own ambulance aircraft. The Austrian organisation ARA Flugrettung, with two bases, has been part of DRF Luftrettung since 2001, as well as NHC Northern Helicopter – which performs air and water rescue from three bases – joining in 2019. DRF Luftrettung is also involved at a base in Balzers, Liechtenstein, via the AP³ Luftrettung network. DRF Luftrettung and its subsidiaries carried out a total of 39,971 missions in 2020.