Saturday, November 27

▷ 50 years of air rescue: From “SAR Ulm 75” to “Christoph 22”

29.10.2021 – 09:06


Munich (ots)

  • Germany’s second air rescue station opened in Ulm on November 2, 1971
  • To date, more than 50,000 missions and pioneering medical innovations
  • ADAC Luftrettung invites you to a virtual open day
  • Film insights into station life and civil-military cooperation

From “SAR Ulm 75” to “Christoph 22”: On November 2nd, 50 years ago, Germany’s second air rescue station went into operation in Ulm. Not only has the name of the rescue helicopter changed in the past five decades. “Christoph 22”, who is stationed at the Bundeswehr hospital in Ulm and is now operated by the non-profit ADAC Air Rescue Service, can look back on an eventful history – and has carried out more than 50,000 missions for the 50th anniversary of its existence. In keeping with the milestone birthday, the “50 Years of Christoph” anniversary helicopter flies in Ulm in November with the well-known 50-year special sticker from ADAC Air Rescue.

“Outstanding work is being done in Ulm. Successful medical innovations in air rescue were initiated here, from which emergency patients today benefit every day. This is one of the reasons why the region can no longer be imagined without ‘Christoph 22’ as a fast lifesaver in the air,” emphasizes Frédéric Bruder, Managing Director of ADAC Luftrettung gGmbH and praises the good civil-military cooperation. “We are happy to have comrades in the Bundeswehr by our side as highly competent and absolutely reliable partners in Ulm.”

The Ulm physician, Professor Friedrich Wilhelm Ahnefeld, had vehemently advocated a flying rescue team with the then Defense Minister and later Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. This resulted in the birth of “SAR Ulm 75” on November 2nd, 1971. The olive green Bell UH-1D of the Bundeswehr was only the second permanently deployed rescue helicopter to be sent into the air in the Federal Republic – after “Christoph 1” in Munich in 1970. Doctors, paramedics and pilots will come from the Bundeswehr until 2003. This year the non-profit ADAC Air Rescue got involved and from then on provided the flight personnel and the helicopter, which was given the nickname “Christoph 22”.

For the first 15 years it was a BK117 before a real powerhouse appeared in the sky at the end of 2017 with the H145 from Airbus Helicopters, which has been in service ever since. The ADAC rescue helicopter is one of the most modern machines available. In May 2021, “Christoph 22” is involved in a motorcycle accident. It is the 50,000 mission for the Ulm rescue helicopter, which covers a radius of 70 kilometers around Ulm. The focus is on the Ulm / Neu-Ulm area, the Swabian Alb and parts of Upper Swabia and Bavarian Swabia. “The station in Ulm is an important pillar for the rescue services in the region. We can count ourselves lucky that in an emergency, such highly competent help comes from heaven,” says Thomas Kassner, Board Member for Technology and Environment at ADAC Württemberg, in its regional club area ADAC rescue helicopter is mainly on the move.

“Christoph 22” is mainly used because of injuries after accidents, in internal emergencies of the cardiovascular system such as heart attacks and cardiac arrhythmias as well as neurological emergencies such as strokes – and can show its advantages: The ADAC rescue helicopter is ready to go in around two minutes, it is fast because it is independent of road courses and conditions, traffic jams or topographical obstacles. “Christoph 22” brings the emergency doctor and paramedic to the patient as quickly as possible and thus saves valuable time, which in many cases makes the difference between life and death.

The most important mission for “Christoph 22” is still: to save lives. But over the decades there have also been numerous medical innovations and even breakthroughs, which the Ulm Bundeswehr doctors tested and established with the help of the rescue helicopter. For example, a pilot project is currently running with blood and blood coagulation products on board in order to be able to help seriously injured people on site immediately. In order for patients to get to the emergency room even faster and without an additional critical repositioning, a roof landing pad is currently being built at the Bundeswehr hospital in Ulm for “Christoph 22”, who until now could only go to his base near the clinic.

Virtual open day on Saturday, November 6th

Anyone who would like to look over the shoulder of the flying yellow angels at their demanding work has the opportunity to do so on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at a virtual open day. On the website as well as YouTube and the social media channels, visitors get cinematic insights into station life. Station manager and pilot Marc Rothenhäusler: “We are pleased that, despite the pandemic, we can offer the population a look behind the scenes of our station and show how diverse the rapid help from the air for people in need is.”

For “Christoph 22”, a total of 28 team members are alternating at the station in Ulm: three pilots from the ADAC air rescue team as well as 18 emergency doctors and seven emergency paramedics (TC HEMS) from the clinic for anesthesiology, intensive care, emergency medicine and pain therapy at the Bundeswehr hospital in Ulm. In 2020 “Christoph 22” took off on almost 1,500 missions.

About ADAC Luftrettung gGmbH

With more than 50 rescue helicopters and 37 stations, the non-profit ADAC Air Rescue is one of the largest air rescue organizations in Europe. The ADAC rescue helicopters are part of the German rescue service system, are always requested from the control center via the emergency number 112 and are on hand in an emergency for anyone who has had an accident or is sick. “Against time and for life” is the motto of ADAC Luftrettung gGmbH. In the case of serious injuries or illnesses in particular, the following applies: the faster the patient is transported to a suitable clinic or treated by the emergency doctor on site, the better their chances of survival or convalescence. ADAC Luftrettung has been a subsidiary of the ADAC Foundation since 2017.

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Jochen Oesterle
iA ADAC Luftrettung gGmbH
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