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Kan­sai-based he­li­copter op­er­a­tor Hi­rata­gakuen has taken de­liv­ery of its sec­ond Air­bus He­li­copters H145/ BK117D-2, and is now op­er­at­ing four­teen H135s and two H145// BK117D-2S which pro­vide emer­gency med­i­cal and trans­port ser­vices.

“With Ja­pan’s full-scale de­ploy­ment of air am­bu­lances in 2001, EMS he­li­copters, oth­er­wise known as ‘Doc­tor He­li­copters’, have taken on more promi­nent roles in the coun­try, en­abling rapid evac­u­a­tion of ca­su­al­ties from af­fected sites, and pro­vid­ing crit­i­cal care with­out de­lay aboard med­i­cally equipped he­li­copters while in tran­sit to the med­i­cal fa­cil­ity,” says Air­bus. “In 2010, the Kan­sai Govern­ment im­ple­mented re­gion-wide EMS sup­port net­work and Hi­rata­gakuen be­came its main op­er­a­tor of th­ese life-sav­ing mis­sions. To­day, there are over fifty he­li­copters EMS mis­sions in 42 pre­fec­tures across Ja­pan.”

More than 1,400 H145//BK117D-2 he­li­copters have been de­liv­ered world­wide, and have jointly logged nearly five mil­lion flight hours.

EMS ma­chines are known as ‘Doc­tor He­li­copters’ in Ja­pan

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