HEMS Course 2019

HEMS Crew Member Course

+ Flight Crew Emergency Survival Training

June 01.- June 06. 2019 (fully booked)
September 30. – October 5. 2019

Welcome to the Air Zermatt Training Center

Practicing Emergency Medical Service in the mountains can be extremely challenging. High altitude, extreme temperatures, strong winds, unpredictable weather, weight issues, limited resources and no place for mistakes.

With 50 years’ experience and 40`000+ Helicopter rescues, we are offering to transfer our knowledge and experience with courses on a high level that prepares you for demanding rescues under extreme conditions.

Complete instruction in Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) appropriate EASA AMC1 SPA.HEMS.130(f)(1)

The course is suitable for medical providers and/or rescuers who want to become crew members (medical/technical) on a HEMS/SAR helicopter.

Our HEMS crew member course fulfils the requirements of EASA and is fully certified. The course is also compatible with the future developments of EASA and the specifications of ACRM (Aeromedical Crew Resource Management) of EHAC (European HEMS and Air Rescue Committee).

In Addition, we have fully integrated Flight Crew Emergency and Survival Training into the course and offer a unique and realistic training setting in mountain environment. You will get a profound view into mountain air rescue with exciting experiences.

After completing this course, you can claim a full instruction as a HCM (HEMS crew member).


1. – 6. Juni 2019 (fully booked)

Sept. 30th – October 5th 2019

Course Price:

4`500 CHF for the HEMS Course
13`200 CHF for MEM Winter + Summer + HEMS Course


  • working as a healthcare professional or as a rescuer for a medical/rescue organization
  • active mountaineer
  • you must be able to master the following knots prior the course:
  • italian hitch
  • figure of 8
  • clove hitch
  • overhand slip knot
  • fisherman knot
  • prusik


Course fee, Helicopter flight time, accommodation starting from the night before the course starts, breakfast +lunch

Not included:

Gear rental, dinner

How to get to Zermatt:

We advise to fly either to ZRH or GVA and taking the train to Zermatt. From ZRH it is a very convenient train ride to Zermatt, changing the train only once. We suggest to book the train ticket 4 weeks prior: https://www.sbb.ch/en/buying/pages/kontingent/kontingent.xhtml
The earlier you buy it, the cheaper the tickets are.
Directions to Zermatt Helibase click here

Terms and Conditions:

By booking the course participants expressly accept our effective “General Terms and Conditions” statement. https://atc.air-zermatt.ch/wordpress/en/general-terms-conditions/


This Program will change according to weather and snow-conditions. We kindly request that we stay flexible and adapt according to those factors.


  • 0900 @ Heliport Zermatt
  • HEMS/SAR Mountain Rescue Presentation in the Classroom
  • Helicopter Procedures / Operations (tactics/dynamic hoisting/longline)
  • Training Sessions on Hovering Operations / Longline at the Heliport
  • Lunch at Restaurant
  • Training with the Helicopter (Hovering+Longline) at high altitude
  • Sleeping at Hotel Alpina or Hotel Tannenhof, Zermatt


  • Theoretical lessons on:
  • Helicopter Aerodynamics/ Mechanics/Technics
  • Navigation
  • Weather
  • Lunch at Restaurant
  • CRM (Crew Resource Management)
  • Medical Equipment and Interior
  • Medical Considerations in SAR/HEMS
  • Crew Coordination inside Aircraft
  • Sleeping at Hotel Alpina or Hotel Tannenhof, Zermatt


  • Direct Wall Rescue with Helicopter (Load transfer system)
  • Training session to rig up the load transfer system and rehearsal
  • Lunch at Restaurant
  • Flying into vertical walls with H125 on the Longline and practicing insertion/extraction with the load transfer system
  • Sleeping at Hotel Alpina or Hotel Tannenhof, Zermatt


  • Helicopter Emergency Medicine Simulation with different Workshops
  • Search and Rescue Considerations
  • HEMS/SAR Scenario
  • Insertion by Helicopter
  • Advanced Trauma/Medical Life Support
  • Packaging
  • Extraction (Hoist or Longline)
  • HEMS during Night Operations
  • Sleeping at Hotel Alpina or Hotel Tannenhof, Zermatt


  • Emergency Procedures + ESET
  • emergency landing and crashes
  • survival of the first 24h in bad weather conditions
  • survival strategy and techniques
  • protection of hypothermia / first-aid / shelter
  • practical training with open end


  • Evacuation
  • Course evaluation
  • handover of course completion certificate
  • course ends by 13:00

Continues Medical Education Credits:

IACCFP (International Association for Critical Care and Flight Paramedics:
40 non-medical / 8 medical CMEs

Equipment List:

  • Mountaineering Clothes, please note that cold temperatures can be possible year round in Zermatt
  • Gloves (technical)
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • 4 screw gate or triple lock carabiners
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen 50+
  • Head lamp

Please email the course instructor if you have any questions regarding the equipment. Gear Rental Shops are available in Zermatt.