Helicopter Emergency Medical Services in Finland

FinnHEMS 50 – Oulu

The temporary base in Oulu is located at the Oulu Airport in Oulunsalo. In the coming years, a new permanent base will be built in the city. The Oulu University Hospital is currently looking into alternative locations for the base.

From the Oulu base, the physician-staffed HEMS helicopter reaches sites in North Ostrobothnia and Kainuu, all the way to the towns of Pudasjärvi and Vaala, within 30 minutes of dispatch. On average, the base carries out on average four to five missions in a day and about 1,700 missions in a year. Most missions involve an accident or a failure of basic vital functions: patients are unconscious or lifeless or have breathing difficulties. The HEMS unit is dispatched to a scene of emergency by the emergency response centre.

Staff and key people

HEMS operations require seamless cooperation between professionals from various fields. In total, the Oulu FinnHEMS 50 base has 24 employees: 13 EMS physicians, 6 pilots, and 5 HEMS paramedics. In addition, FinnHEMS medical and flight experts and the flight operator’s experts continuously work to maintain the high quality and safety of HEMS operations.

At the Oulu base, emergency medical services are operated by the Hospital District of North Ostrobothnia and flight operations by Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance AB.

Chief Physician, Emergency Medicine


Lead Physician, Oulu base