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Team DRF undertakes over 32,000 emergency rescue missions
Team DRF, the air rescue alliance employed for emergency rescue and transportation of intensive care patients, has revealed that it undertook 32,844 missions last year. In 22,851 cases the pilots, physicians, and paramedics brought fast medical help and in 9,217 cases they transported intensive care patients from hospital to hospital.

Team DRF, the air rescue alliance employed for emergency rescue and transportation of intensive care patients, has revealed that it undertook 32,844 missions last year. \rIn 22,851 cases the pilots, physicians, and paramedics brought fast medical help and in 9,217 cases they transported intensive care patients from hospital to hospital. With their ambulance aircraft, they repatriated 776 injured or seriously ill tourists and business travellers from 88 countries. \rDRF and its partners in Team DRF, operate 43 Helicopter Emergency Medical Service bases with 58 helicopters in Germany, Austria, and Italy. Nine of its helicopters are on 24 hour standby with five of its ambulance aircraft on standby for worldwide patient transports. \rThe team consists of 700 physicians, 500 paramedics, 180 pilots, and 80 engineers. At the end of 2004, DRF reported having 255,489 members.