I-TNBB - Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin 2
Elicottero in operazione di soccorso manovra di caricamento in hovering personale sanitario
Piste del Lusia, Moena, Italia

I-TNBB - Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin 2
Helicopter in rescue mission, loading medical personnel in an hovering maneuver
Lusia sky range, Moena, Italy

Emergency Medical Service in Italy is provided from a variety of different sources. The method of delivery can vary considerably from one location to another. In some locations, responsibility for the provision of EMS has been undertaken by the local hospital, while in others, services may be provided by a range of volunteer organizations, such as the Italian Red Cross (Croce Rossa)[2], ANPAS (National Association for Public Assistance) [3], or other association mainly known as Cross, "Croce", followed by a colour (White Cross, Green Cross, Yellow Cross), and by private companies displaying a blue cross. Some organizations, such as hospitals, often provide a single type of service, such as neonatal, while leaving others to provide the balance of services. How the service is actually provided, and the level of service that is provided, is driven in large measure by what the community can afford. Air ambulance services are normally provided by a network of dedicated helicopters, or as an added service from a number of other government agencies, including the Italian Coast Guard, Civil Defence, and the Carabinieri.