Emergency rescue/Emergency services

WIKING works in cooperation with Offshore Response Safety GmbH (ORS) to provide emergency medical assistance to employees based at offshore wind farms. For this purpose WIKING always has an aircraft and crew on stand-by. ORS provides the medical personnel and the medical equipment. This service is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

When the alarm is raised, the helicopter flies to the incident site with a crew consisting of an emergency doctor, a paramedic, two pilots and a hoist operator. At the site, the medical crew are dispatched, together with their rescue equipment. This is performed by landing on the platform or on a ship with a helideck. If it is impossible to land, the personnel and equipment are transferred by hoist.

The doctor makes an initial diagnosis and decides on what further procedures and steps are required. As soon as the patient is stable enough to be transported, the helicopter will depart to the nearest suitable medical facility. If the patient has to be transported lying down, they are brought on board the helicopter in an air rescue bag. While the medical crew continue to monitor and treat the incident victim, they are flown to the clinic best suited to treat the medical condition or type of injury in question.

Patient care is delivered in the context of the particular mission profiles involved and in accordance with established standards of emergency medicine and of air rescue in Germany. Given the special nature of the task, dedicated procedures and medical care delivery methods have been developed to reflect the demands of operational situations frequently encountered. Operatros of offshore wind farms can therefore call on a comprehensive emergency care service, staffed by highly-qualified personnel, based on years of experience in both companies.

The helicopter alerting service is carried out and coordinated by the ORS and Gesellschaft für Maritimes Notfallmanagement mbH (GMN) a subsidiary of the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS) and the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres (MRCC).

In view of GMN's / DGzRS years of experience in coordinating rescue missions for maritime emergencies, WIKING regards them as one of the most experienced authorities capable of undertaking such coordination tasks.

Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (Havariekommando)

WIKING provides air support services to the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (Joint Institution for the German Federal Government and the Coastal States) for rescue operations at sea. At our base in Wilhelmshaven, WIKING also trains the Federal Airborne Rescue Services and, together with the ARGE Küstenschutz coastal protection agency, WIKING provides protection along the German coastline in cases of shipping emergencies. On this, safety training designed for these eventualities is conducted for the Fire Department lying along the German coast.