STARS Takes Flight on April 30
On April 30, The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) will launch its' first Saskatchewan in Regina. Beginning at 12noon, STARS will be ready to provide safe, rapid medical transport for critically ill and injured patients in Southern Saskatchewan. According to STARS officials, crews will begin flying missions from the Regina base during daylight hours and transition to a 24/7 operation late this summer. Final details are now being worked out in order to prepare for the arrival of the BK117 helicopter.
STARS signed a service agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan in April 2011 to provide helicopter air ambulance services from bases in Regina and Saskatoon. The Saskatoon base will open in the fall of 2012. STARS is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. STARS has flown more than 22,000 missions across Alberta and eastern British Columbia since 1985 from bases in Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. In 2011 STARS began responding to emergencies in Manitoba from a base located in Winnipeg.