About the National Air Ambulance Services of Norway

Air Ambulance Services of Norway is responsible for all air ambulance (both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters) in Norway.The company is owned by the four regional health authorities (RHF) in Norway. 

Foto: Andreas Hjert

​​The service is nationwide, supporting 20,000 patients a year.


All operation of air ambulances in Norway is publically financed. Our aircraft are staffed with nurses or doctors employed by public hospitals.The service is a part of the national prehospital chain of care.

The Head Office is situated in Bodø. Our medical technical division is in Trondheim and our Flight Coordination Center is in Tromsø.

The aviation part of the National Air Ambulance Service is put out to tender.  

Two civilian air operators are under contract by Air Ambulance Services of Norway:

  • Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance AS: provides all our fixed wing aircraft.
  • Norsk Luftambulanse AS: provides all our helicopters.

The service operates 14 helicopters located at 13 bases: Arendal, Lørenskog (2), Ål, Dombås, Stavanger, Bergen, Førde, Ålesund, Trondheim, Brønnøysund, Harstad, Tromsø og Kirkenes.​

The service operates 10 fixed wing aircraft located at 7 bases: Gardermoen (2), Ålesund, Brønnøysund, Bodø, Tromsø (2) , Alta (2) og Kirkenes.​


The medical crew at helicopter bases has at their disposal a Rapid Response Car. This car is used for nearby emergencies or when the weather prevents using the helicopter. The Rapid Response cars are funded by the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation.

 

The Ministry of Health and Care services has entered an agreement with The Ministry of Justice and Public Security which allows The National Air Ambulance Service  to use  Search and Rescue Helicopters for ambulance missions when they are available. This service is situated at seven locations (Banak, Tromsø, Bodø, Ørland, Florø, Sola and Rygge) and all bases provide readiness 24 hours a day.

 

The Search and Rescue helicopters are coordinated by The Joint Rescue Coordination Centres (Bodø and Sola). The medical capacity is similar to the smaller ambulance helicopters.



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