Second Ambulance Now in Service for Winter 2013-2014 Season
Air Glaciers has confirmed it will again operate services during the 2013 – 2014 winter season.
Ambulance service last year included a second vehicle which was entirely financed by the “Friends of Saanan Hospital” group. This year, the Municipality of Saanen has been asked to contribute equally. The total of maintaining a second ambulance is expected to have fixed costs upwards of 120,000 CHF.
“We are convinced of the need for a second ambulance after going over last year’s summary report,” says Daniel Matti, Vice President of “Friends of of Saanen Hospital”.
The primary ambulance will, as customary, be stationed in Saanenmöser, while the second will be stationed in the former Saanen Hospital which ceased operations last year. This central location will cater to the large winter tourist population in the Gstaad-area. The ambulance will bring patients to Zweisimmen Hospital, the closest cantonal option.
Though only 10 kilometres from Saanen, reaching Zweisimmen Hospital in winter requires an approximately 20 – 30 minute drive over the often-treacherous Saanenmöser pass.