Landesrettungsverein Weißes Kreuz – Associazione Provinciale di Soccorso Croce Bianca (WK, South Tyrol)
The Landesrettungsverein Weißes Kreuz was founded on 10 August 1965 and with the decree of the President of the Republic of Italy No. 645 of 10.10.74 was recognised as a legal entity under private law. Since 21.05.98 the Weißes Kreuz, with the decree of the governor of the autonomous province of Bozen, has also been registered in the regional directory of volunteer organizations.
Today, the Weißes Kreuz is the most powerful rescue organisation in South Tyrol. The core activities are the execution of rescue and patient transports and associated with this further services such as the patient return service worldwide, regional air rescue, First Aid courses, youth work, house emergency call, emergency counselling, laboratory, blood and breast milk transports and more. The special feature of the Weißes Kreuz is that almost all services are carried out by around 2,500 volunteers. Where this is not possible or useful the around 380 employees are used for the assignment. The organisation is supported ideally and financially by more than 50,000 members.
The Weißes Kreuz is composed of a total of 32 sections and 3 districts. The regional management is run by the organisation at the registered seat of the organisation in Bozen. Service charges, transport for private persons and insurances, membership fees and other fundraising actions, donations and public contributions are the sources of income for the Weißes Kreuz.