Helicopter Emergency Medical Services

FinnHEMS Flight Services is in charge of helicopter flights operating from the medical helicopter bases in southern Finland, i.e. Vantaa, Turku and Tampere. The helicopters and crew are on immediate standby 24/7. The crew operates as a close team, consisting of an emergency care physician, HEMS flight assistant and the pilot.

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.