EC135s for Polish EMS operations
The Polish Ministry of Health took delivery today in Warsaw of the first of 23 EC135 helicopters ordered from Eurocopter in June 2008.
The new fleet will be assigned to the country’s nationwide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) network. This on-time delivery represents a major step in Poland’s efforts to modernize its Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), as the country will be operating the world’s most popular new-generation EMS helicopter.
The new helicopter, scheduled to enter into service at the beginning of January 2010, will be based in Warsaw. Five more EC135s are slated for delivery in 2009, with the remaining 17 to follow in 2010. The fleet will be spread around all 17 Polish bases, and will be flown by the Warsaw-based Polish operator Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe (LPR). The new EC135s, which will replace the existing fleet of Mi-2s, will bring Poland up to date with the latest European standards.