HeliBernina collaborates closely with numerous partners in the provision of search and rescue services and to assist in special operations. Yearly training days take place jointly with Rega (Swiss air rescue service), Swiss Alpine Rescue, and the cantonal police and fire department of Graubünden. In-depth skill, expertise and cooperation are prerequisites for providing reliable, efficient, fast assistance in an emergency.
HeliBernina supports Rega by providing fully equipped medical helicopters and a professional crew that is highly trained in primary emergency missions on ski slopes, mountain and ski tour accidents and avalanches. In close collaboration with Rega and the cantonal police of Graubünden, HeliBernina also provides assistance during ice rescues in the Engadine region.
Primarily during the summer months, regular animal transport services are also undertaken on behalf of Rega and private customers. These involve, for example, rescuing and transporting injured or ill calves, bulls and cows that have climbed somewhere and are unable to get back down, or that have been injured due to a fall or by rock falls in remote areas. They are flown gently and vigilantly into the valley in special animal-friendly nets.
HeliBernina also works closely with the cantonal police of Graubünden and the responsible authorities, providing support from the air for search flights and traffic surveillance, at major sporting events and in crisis situations. These missions provide a quick, comprehensive overview of an event.
In the case of major forest fires in impassable areas, the helicopter is often the only method of transportation that can master the flames. The fleet can be outfitted with various water tanks, so that the fire can be extinguished from the air in an emergency. In addition, HeliBernina’s helicopters transport firefighters and firefighting equipment to the source of the fire very quickly.
HeliBernina is also active in the transport of material supplies and rescue teams to the sites of avalanches. Helicopter transport enables fast and efficient transport of avalanche dogs and their trainers, and vital rescue and medical supplies to the scene of the accident – always in close partnership with Rega and the Swiss Alpine Rescue. Furthermore, HeliBernina helicopters are equipped with specialised technologies that enable fast detection of buried avalanche victims.
On behalf of municipalities, cantons and mountain railways, HeliBernina executes avalanche dispersion to protect villages, traffic routes and winter sports infrastructures. In the event that roads become blocked, airlifts can prove invaluable.