Helicopter Emergency Medical Services in Finland



FinnHEMS 30 – Tampere

In Tampere, a physician-staffed HEMS helicopter began operating in September 2012. Its operating base is located at the Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. Since 1 September 2011, FinnHEMS has operated a ground unit in Tampere.

From the Tampere base, the physician-staffed HEMS helicopter reaches the entire Pirkanmaa region around the city of Tampere and parts of the Kanta-Häme, Satakunta and Varsinais-Suomi regions as well as Central Finland. On average, the base carries out eight missions in a day and about 3,000 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 Tampere FinnHEMS 30 base has 21 employees: 9 EMS physicians, 6 pilots, and 6 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 Tampere base, emergency medical services are operated byt the Pirkanmaa Hospital District and flight operations by Skärgårdshavets Helikoptertjänst Ab (SHT Ab).


SANNA HOPPU
Chief Physician, Emergency Medicine

sanna.hoppu(a)pshp.fi

PIRITTA SETÄLÄ
Lead Physician, Tampere base

piritta.setala(a)pshp.fi

JARI FOMIN
Chief Pilot, Tampere base

jari.fomin(a)shtab.com