For a stretched country with a challenging terrain like Norway it is of the essence to have rotary air assets available for medical missions. Therefore the nation’s prime air medevac provider, Norsk Luftambulanse (Norwegian Air Ambulance; NLA), opened the 12th air ambulance base of the Scandinavian country at Evenes Airbase – with a shiny new Airbus Helicopters H145 T2 in the typical “medevac yellow” livery as the star of the show.
Run in tight cooperation with the academic hospital of the University of Northern Norway (UNN), the single H145 will provide Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) to roughly 117,000 people in the Sør-Troms og Nordre Nordland regions. From Evenes Airbase (aka Harstad/Narvik airport) it will have to cover a geographical area of 7,207 square miles (11,600 km2), which is roughly 24 times the size of New York City or more than double the size of the London Metro area.
The hospitals that NLA’s H145 will transport patients to are in Narvik (nearby Evenes), Vesterålen, Tromsø, Bodø and in Kirkenes (new hospital being build). Norsk Luftambulanse runs nine of the twelve air ambulance bases of Norway, plus three locations in Denmark.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based on source information provided by NLA / UNN
Featured image (top): The new Airbus Helicopters H145 T2 serving Norsk Luftambulanse that operates from Evenes Airbase since May 2015 (Image © UNN)