Helicopter Emergency Medical Services in Finland



FinnHEMS 20 – Turku

Turku base is located at the Turku Airport. It is the very first permanent base designed and built by FinnHEMS and it is specifically designed to meet the needs of 24/7 EMS -duty. The base was finished early summer 2015.

The physician-staffed HEMS helicopter based in Turku serves the entire Varsinais-Suomi region in southwest Finland. The HEMS helicopter also reaches some areas in the Satakunta and Uusimaa regions within 30 minutes of dispatch. On average, the base carries out six missions in a day and 2,150 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 Turku FinnHEMS 20 base has 24 employees: 12 EMS physicians, 6 pilots, and 6 HEMS crew members. 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 Turku base, emergency medical services are operated by the Hospital District of Southwest Finland and flight operations by Skärgårdshavets Helikoptertjänst Ab (SHT Ab).


TIMO IIROLA
Deputy Chief Physician, Emergency Medicine

timo.iirola(a)tyks.fi

PETRI AALTONEN
Lead Physician, Turku base

petri.aaltonen(a)tyks.fi

HANNU ELOMAA
Chief Pilot, Turku base

hannu.elomaa(a)shtab.com