The third HEMS operating base in Sliven will be ready by December

With the positioning of the helicopter here, it will cover a wide perimeter in Eastern and Central Bulgaria, as well as part of the Trakia highway


By the end of the year, we will prepare for operation the third temporary operating base for the air emergency. This was said by the Minister of Transport and Communications Georgi Gvozdeykov, who together with the Mayor of Sliven Stefan Radev visited Burshen Airport today. The third temporary and later one of the six permanent HEMS bases will be located there.

‘It is important to us that as soon as each helicopter arrives, it is put into service as soon as possible so that people can receive emergency medical care if necessary. That is why the Municipality of Sliven provides us with the use of existing infrastructure at Burshen Airport, where we will carry out renovations to create conditions for servicing and operating the helicopter.

Minister Gvozdeykov explained that with the positioning of the third helicopter in Sliven, it will cover a large perimeter in Eastern and Central Bulgaria, as well as part of the Trakia highway.

In his words, the reason why Sliven was chosen was its geographical location, as the philosophy of HEMS is to position a helicopter in a centre that is equidistant from the cities to provide medical emergency assistance by air.

In a year and a half, the construction of the six permanent operating bases will be completed, the minister predicted. ‘Around 200 people will work in the air ambulance system across the country,’ the minister further said.