Rendsburg - The helicopter pilots of the DRF Luftrettung in Rendsburg now use night vision goggles for night missions. These Night Vision Goggles (NVG) amplify the residual light and allow the pilots to explore the landing site and possible obstacles in great detail, as the organization announced yesterday. The cost per pair of glasses is around 15,000 euros. In 2009 it was the first civil air rescue organization in Germany to receive approval for the use of night vision goggles.
"Christoph 42" has been the central rescue helicopter for all of Schleswig-Holstein since 1975. Since the station was founded, he has been alerted to more than 47,000 missions. The red and white helicopter is used for emergency rescue and for urgent patient transport between clinics. During the day it is used in the districts of Rendsburg-Eckernförde, Dithmarschen, North Friesland and Schleswig-Flensburg, including the islands and Halligen. During the night he is responsible for the entire state of Schleswig-Holstein.
The 24-hour standby is primarily for the nightly rescue service of the islands and Halligen is important. On average every second night mission takes the helicopter crew there.