UPN Jakarta veteran hosts HEMS, helicopter emergency medical training

TIME.CO, Jakarta – National Development University (UPN) “Veteran” Jakarta again hosts Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) training medical emergency in the air. This program, which took place previously in 2019, is the only one in Indonesia.

UPNVJ worked with the Fondation de l’Académie de Médecine (FAM) and the French Airbus Foundation to organize it.

The HEMS training program will take place over three days from 5 to 7 September 2023, consisting of theoretical and practical sessions. In the first two days, the theoretical sessions will be held in the Merce Auditorium of the Limo Campus of the UPNVJ.

Meanwhile, final day training is scheduled at Polairud Airport, Pondok Cabe, South Tangerang. Three helicopters will be provided during the test session, namely two Airbus Bölkow 105 and one AS365 M3.

This training aims to increase knowledge and skills and create awareness of the importance of helicopter medical emergency training. This is considered to help reduce the rate of patient deaths during emergencies, especially when traveling to the clinic or hospital.

The HEMS training this time was more massive than before, involving 168 participants selected from various stakeholders in Indonesia. Participants included the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), the police and hospitals. Previously, in 2019, up to 100 participants had taken part in this training.

“What about people who have been trained? At the forefront are SAR, Basarnas, Police and so on. All used helicopters for evacuation. And so far everything has been coordinated. “So, we use existing staff in various institutions,” UPNVJ Chancellor Anter Venus said at a news conference on campus on Monday, September 4, 2023.

After four years, HEMS training is now equipped with the latest in-flight medical emergency equipment and technology, as well as world-class instructors appointed directly by FAM and the French Airbus Foundation. “The purpose of this training is to equip doctors, civilians and military personnel with the skills needed to provide medical assistance aboard rescue helicopters during natural disasters, conflicts or accidents,” said Anne Sophie, FAM keynote speaker.

Not yet available in Indonesia

Currently, HEMS does not yet exist in Indonesia. “HEMS currently does not exist in Indonesia, but it exists everywhere in Europe,” said an expert, Ralph Setz of FAM, on the same occasion.

As an illustration, Ralph said that Europe has around 2,800 helicopters worldwide and 100% are dedicated to performing HEMS missions. “So this mission exists in many countries in Europe and also in America, but it is still rare in Asia,” he said.


This fact is inversely proportional to Indonesia’s needs. In Indonesia, this medical emergency training mission is not only important for conventional emergencies. However, the importance of this mission is also based on the fact that Indonesia is a disaster-prone country.

Indonesia’s location at the meeting point of three major plates, the Eurasian, Indo-Australian and Pacific plates, makes it very vulnerable to natural disasters, especially tectonic earthquakes, tsunami waves and volcanic eruptions. Under these conditions, you need to master the knowledge and skills of helicopter medical emergencies.

Challenges of HEMS implementation in Indonesia

Implementation of HEMS system in a country is a long process. According to Airbus Indonesia representative Regis Antomarchi, European and American countries also went through a long journey before reaching the current stage.

“This is a complex mission. In Western countries it takes decades to reach this level of maturity,” Regis said.

When asked when Indonesia will be ready to implement HEMS, Regis said training is only part of this long process. “In my opinion, the most important aspect is how the model will be applied to HEMS,” he said.

For example, Regis states that in France it is the state that organizes and provides the funding for HEMS. Meanwhile in Germany the state organizes but does not foresee the costs. In the UK, funding comes from charities. Meanwhile in the United States, hospitals contribute to the purchase of helicopters.

“Each country has defined its own model based on its own realities. “And I think the first step in Indonesia is to determine who is going to operate, who is going to pay and how we can arrange all of this with all stakeholders,” Regis said.

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