Helicopter Emergency Medical Services

SHT conducts emergency medical flights at FinnHEMS hubs in Vantaa, Turku and Tampere. Helicopters and crew are on duty 24 hours a day and ready to go in 3 minutes. The crew works as a team and consists of a doctor, a flight attendant and a pilot.

Finland's HEMS bases are an absolute top class worldwide. The annual number of assignments is approximately 2300 in all bases. Approximately ten tasks each day keep the activity busy. The number of tasks combined with 24-hour readiness is unique in the world.

HEMS operations have an average flight time of 10 minutes, so help is available on average in less than 15 minutes.

The HEMS operating philosophy is to bring high quality first aid to the scene. Contrary to popular belief, HEMS helicopter patients rarely carry. The patient is usually transported by land transport, and the doctor follows the patient as needed. The reason for this is clear, the helicopter is cramped, noisy and vibrating, so there is a limit to possible medical measures. It is better to stabilize the patient first and then transport with an ambulance that is quieter and has better facilities than the helicopter and better equipment.