Meet the helicopter crews and learn more about the missions.


The emergency medical helicopters are manned by a crew of three people: a pilot, a prehospital emergency physician and an HEMS paramedic, who is a specially trained ambulance paramedic.

Requirements for the Crew

All employees in Danish Air Ambulance are highly qualified. There are stringent requirements for the operational crew’s professional and vocational competences, experience and physical and mental robustness as well as, not least, their collaborative skills. Far from everyone makes it through the eye of the needle in the selection process. All those selected have completed an intensive training course.

On-call duty

The four emergency medical helicopters are manned 24/7. The pilot and the HEMS paramedic are on duty for one week at the time, while the emergency physician is typically on duty for 1-3 days at the time. During on-call duty, the crew must be ready to take off around the clock.

Mobilisation time

During the daytime, there is a mobilisation time of 4.5 minutes. This means that the emergency medical helicopter must be in the air within 4.5 minutes after an alarm call has been received. At night, planning of the flight and assessment of the weather may be more complicated, and it may take longer.


Danish Air Ambulance has been established as a supplement to the regions’ existing prehospital emergency response services.

Quick access to the right treatment

The emergency medical helicopters are to contribute to ensuring that acutely ill citizens with life-threatening symptoms who reside or are staying far from specialised hospitals are provided with fast access to prehospital specialist treatment.

The emergency medical helicopters also fly to patients on small islands even though the patients do not have life-threatening conditions. This can save islanders of long waiting and transport times as patients, for example if the next ferry service is not until the next day.

Patient groups

The four emergency medical helicopters fly primarily to severe traumas and time-critical patients where both life and mobility are at risk.

  • Heart disease patients constitute around 40% of the patients transported by the helicopters.
  • Patients with central nervous system diseases such as brain haemorrhages constitute around 20%.
  • Injuries and traumas constitute approximately 20%.

Patient cases

Read more in the below patient cases about the patient groups and assignments to which the emergency medical helicopter fly

Contact us

Contact the secretariat

If you have questions, complaints, praise, or complaints, we would like to hear from you.

The Secretariat for Danish Air Ambulance


+45 7841 4936,


The secretariat answers Monday to Thursday 8:00-15:30 and Friday 8:00-15:00