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Rega - The Swiss Air Rescue Service

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

Have you heard of Rega the Swiss Air Rescue Service?

This non-profit organization was founded in 1952 by Dr. Rudolf Bucher. By offering the highest quality medical services by incredibly well-trained staff, they are able to answer distress calls throughout Switzerland and abroad. Each helicopter is always equipped with the following crew members: the pilot, a flight physician, and a paramedic.

The organization's center is located at the Zurich Airport, however, they have 13 helicopter bases throughout Switzerland with 20 rescue helicopters. The Zurich location services calls from Switzerland and around the globe 24 hours a day. On average, each year Rega completes over 20,000 missions for those in need.

Though we have always appreciated the work they do and wrote about the organization in our recent book, Fresh Air Kids - Hikes to Huts, we are even more aware of their work after a member of our family suffered a major medical emergency. Because you never know when an emergency can occur, having access to medical care in Switzerland and elsewhere is essential.

To help support this fabulous organization, consider becoming a patron today. A wonderful gift for someone you love is a yearly membership. The annual rate is very affordable (40 CHF) and if a Rega rescue is required, the organization will dismiss those charges not covered by health insurance. In addition, Rega is able to repatriate you should you incur a medical emergency abroad.

Whenever venturing into the Swiss mountains or traveling abroad, it is advantageous to carry your Rega patron card with you.

To learn more about Rega and their services, please visit their website at:

Rega in Switzerland: 1414

Rega Abroad: +41 333 333 333

*Please know we are not affiliated with Rega, we are just grateful to know such services exist.

Luckily we have never had to use Rega, but it’s nice to know they are there should we ever need medical advice or assistance.


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