Government of Canada invests $65 million in five new emergency medical helicopters for STARS in Western Canada
“STARS is a vital lifesaving service across the West. Our investment will provide them with five new, modern, first-class emergency medical helicopters that will help save lives. The Government of Canada is proud to support STARS in renewing its fleet—their work is precious to so many lives across the region.”
- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“This commitment by the Government of Canada is an investment in the future of Western Canadians, enabling STARS to be there to fight for the lives of patients in need for generations to come. This is a historic announcement for STARS and for our fleet renewal process. It’s exceptional news for our patients.”
- Andrea Robertson, President and CEO, STARS
STARS has flown over 40,000 missions, providing rapid and specialized helicopter emergency medical services to patients who are critically ill or injured. Recently, STARS has been involved in responding to several high profile emergency management events, including the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, the school shooting in La Loche, the Fort McMurray wildfires, and the 2013 Spring floods in Calgary.
A significant element of the STARS service is its Emergency Link Centre, which activates quickly to coordinate emergency responses, share information and pool resources among responding agencies and organizations including those across provincial borders.
In January 2019, Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Emergency Management released the Emergency Management Strategy for Canada, which outlines five common priority areas for action. Today’s announcement aligns with the priority to enhance disaster response capacity and coordination, and to foster the development of new capabilities.
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