Operated by AIR-TRANSPORT EUROPE, Ltd (ATE) in seven operational centers on the basis of license issued by the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic.
Based on the permission of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, ATE operates HEMS in the Olomouc Region - Kryštof 09 (Emergency Medical Service of the Olomouc Region) and from the 1. January 2021 also the HEMS of the Moravian - Silesian Region - Kryštof 05 (Emergency Medical Service of the Moravian - Silesian Region).
Currently, the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service is on duty 24 hours a day - 7 days a week - 365 days a year
Helicopter Emergency Medical Service takes in the requests for the helicopter rescue and coordinates the activities in all of its operational centers in Slovakia.
HEMS is a part of integrated rescue system: a calling person by dialing the unified emergency number 112 can reach the coordination centre, which immediately undertakes necessary measures and applicable rescue services to provide first aid. HEMS is called in all cases requiring inevitable fast doctor action and safe patient transport. The patient can also call directly the HEMS Central Dispatch number 18 155.
ATE helicopters are often used for inter-hospital transports of patients and transports for transplantation programs. AIR- TRANSPORT EUROPE, Ltd has signed agreements with all Health Insurance providers based on the territory of the Slovak Republic. For citizens insured with these providers, payments for Helicopter Rescue Service are fully covered by their statutory health insurance.
The main advantage of HEMS is definitely its fastness and accessibility. These factors play an important role in efficient rescue of human life, they eliminate patients´ suffering and also the risk of further serious health complications. ATE rescue crews usually help in mountain areas, forest terrains, and remote locations, at car accidents, floods or mass disasters.
ATE rescue helicopters and ambulance aircraft provide patient transports not only within Slovakia, but also to specialized medical centers abroad or from abroad to our medical institutions.
During the years 1994-2020 ATE has performed 30,557 HEMS missions and its helicopters flew more than 30,100 fly hours.
In 1998 ATE missions during the flooding in Slovakia were awarded by the Ministry of Interior of Slovak Republic and also by AIR AMBULANCE Journal in New York.
Since 2004 ATE is a member of EHAC association (European HEMS & Air Ambulance Committee). In 2011 ATE has become the member of the International Commission for Rescue in the Mountains ICAR-CISA. Among V4 countries ATE has achieved the precendency in night flying with Night Vision Goggles.