25.09.2013 - Project Log

Team training with the rescue helicopter

An initial comprehensive practical training course with the entire Husum crew of the DanTysk rescue helicopter was held in early September in Husum.

About 25 employees of DRF Luftrettung trained for emergency situations. This included pilots, emergency doctors, rescue assistants, winch operators and two Vattenfall HSE experts who are responsible for the DanTysk project. HSE stands for "health, safety and environment", which are important core values that Vattenfall takes very seriously, especially for the construction of an offshore wind farm.

The two joint venture partners, Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München, commissioned DRF Luftrettung to provide emergency medical care and rescue services for injured persons in the DanTysk construction zone. A key element of the contract is a rescue helicopter, which is available to the project round the clock and can reach the DanTysk construction zone, 70 km west of Sylt, by the shortest route in the event of an emergency.

Outstanding concept

To date, the rescue helicopter has had to make two trips to the construction zone due to emergencies requiring medical assistance. "Our rescue concept worked very well. On both occasions, we were able to provide emergency medical care to the patients", according to Stefan Kahlen, HSE Manager for the DanTysk project. Fortunately, the missions were not made necessary by accidents in the construction zone, but the rescue concept is also available for "ordinary" emergencies. "Although we have managed to avoid accidents up to now, which we are very proud of, unexpected things can happen at any time at sea, where assistance is a major challenge due to the long distance to land. That is why we are pleased that our rescue concept works so well", added Kahlen.

During the two-day team training course organised by DRF Luftrettung, the participants trained for rescuing injured persons with the helicopter's cable winch. This included simulations of realistic situations, such as lowering a rescue assistant or an emergency doctor, providing care on site for an injured person, and the preparation and execution of cable winch operations.

A few impressions from the training course: