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First EMS Helipad for Manitoba

First EMS Helipad for Manitoba

Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre is excited to open Manitoba’s first helipad. The project has been in the works since 2011, as part of a new diagnostic imaging facility, reports CBC. The new helipad was tested this past Friday, by STARS air ambulance. The use of the helipad will cut transporting time by half an hour,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

Health Service Centre helipad to open soon in Winnipeg

Health Service Centre helipad to open soon in Winnipeg

Winnipeg’s Health Service Centre (HSC) is eager to see the opening of a long delayed rooftop helipad. HSC and the City of Winnipeg are doing final safety tests to prove that all systems are operational and up to standard, once these tests are done they will receive an occupancy permit, reports Global News. The helipad… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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Winnipeg Air1 Borrows RCMP Camera

Winnipeg Air1 Borrows RCMP Camera

The Winnipeg Police Force is currently relying on a borrowed RCMP infrared camera from Alberta RCMP. As reported by CRC Connection, Winnipeg’s Air1 helicopter was almost grounded for good due to financial issues, and has been grounded since mid-July. But with the lent camera, the helicopter has now resumed full time duty. A new camera… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Sep-16

New Thermal Imaging Camera funded by Winnipeg Police

The Winnipeg Police Service is pleased to announce that funding for a new thermal imaging camera has been put in place for AIR1. The commitment for complete funding was approved today by the Winnipeg Police Board. The Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg had each allocated monies for the camera.  However, due to exchange… Read more »

Source: ec120-winnipeg-police, 05-Sep-16

Winnipeg hospital rooftop helipad to open this spring

Winnipeg hospital rooftop helipad to open this spring

A new helipad slated to open this spring at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg is expected to speed up helicopter transport times by as much as half an hour. The opening of the helipad located atop the new Diagnostic Centre for Excellence building will allow the Shock and Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) air ambulance helicopter… Read more »

Source: HSC, 14-Jan-16

Winnipeg Police broadcast lewd conversation on helicopter PA system

Winnipeg Police broadcast lewd conversation on helicopter PA system

Winnipeg police have apologized and launched an investigation after officers flying in a helicopter mistakenly broadcast a cockpit conversation that one person says referred to a sex act. See Full Story.

Source: CTV News Winnipeg, 26-Jun-15

STARS refunds $5M to Manitoba Government

STARS refunds $5M to Manitoba Government

The STARS air ambulance service has paid back almost $5 million to the Manitoba government in the last two years. See Full Story

Source: CBC News, 12-May-15

STARS and Snoman partner to reduce risks

STARS and Snoman partner to reduce risks

STARS air ambulance and Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. are partnering to promote snowmobile safety this winter, as more than 34,500 Manitoba snowmobilers get ready to hit the trails. There were seven fatalities in total last season, including five off-trail, and two on-trail incidents. Media are invited to the STARS Winnipeg base on Tuesday, Nov…. Read more »

Source: STARS, 26-Nov-14

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Manitoba Health releases report on STARS Air Ambulance Service

Manitoba Health releases report on STARS Air Ambulance Service

The Manitoba government has released the report and recommendations of the Clinical Oversight Committee on the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) air ambulance service, led by Dr. Brian Postl, Health Minister Erin Selby said today. “Our first priority is to deliver safe, high-quality care to Manitoba families.  We are confident these recommendations and the… Read more »

Source: Manitoba, 05-Aug-14

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Cadorath Group Welcomes New Business Development Leader

Cadorath Group Welcomes New Business Development Leader

The Cadorath Group, a supplier of extended repairs, modifications, and overhaul solutions for rotary and fixed wing customers has announced the addition of Rod Kucheran to the Business Development Team for their Cadorath Aerospace and Meridian Helicopters divisions. Kucheran brings his extensive helicopter industry experience, energy and passion into his new role at Cadorath where… Read more »

Source: Cadorath, 25-Apr-14

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STARS air ambulance not a good value in Manitoba, says union

STARS air ambulance not a good value in Manitoba, says union

Manitoba’s contract with Alberta-based STARS came under fire on Wednesday, noting that the province did not follow proper tendering procedures when it signed the $159-million, 10-year service agreement in 2011.  See full story

Source: CBC, 23-Mar-14

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STARS Resumes Service in Manitoba

STARS Resumes Service in Manitoba

On the advice of medical professionals, the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) air ambulance will resume responding to calls for emergency service effective immediately, Health Minister Erin Selby announced today. “The decision to temporarily suspend STARS was a difficult one, but I rely on the advice of medical experts,” Minister Selby said.  “The medical… Read more »

Source: Manitoba Health, 10-Mar-14

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Fire chiefs urge Manitoba to re-instate STARS air ambulance

Fire chiefs urge Manitoba to re-instate STARS air ambulance

The service was grounded in December after a number of critical incidents, including one where one patient died, and another was left brain damaged.  See full story

Source: CBC, 05-Mar-14

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STARS disagrees with critical Manitoba Health report

STARS disagrees with critical Manitoba Health report

STARS “strongly disagrees” with a Manitoba Health report which says their crews lack adequate training, are not familiar with pediatric patients and do not understand patient oxygen needs.  See full story

Source: CBC, 20-Feb-14

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STARS provides update on Winnipeg base

STARS provides update on Winnipeg base

As you may have seen in recent media reports, the Manitoba government, in consultation with STARS, has made a decision to temporarily place the Winnipeg base out of service. This has been done to allow the government to conduct a review of an interhospital transport mission that occurred on Thursday, November 28th. The care and… Read more »

Source: STARS, 09-Dec-13

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Manitoba Minister of Health temporarily suspends STARS

Manitoba Minister of Health temporarily suspends STARS

Following a recent patient transportation incident with STARS air ambulance service and advice from medical professionals, Health Minister Erin Selby announced today the temporary suspension of STARS. “On the advice from medical professionals, I’ve instructed my department to take this action.  Up until now, I’ve been assured that STARS is providing appropriate emergency care, but… Read more »

Source: Manitoba Health, 03-Dec-13

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Some STARS air ambulance missions under review in Manitoba

Some STARS air ambulance missions under review in Manitoba

Health sources in Manitoba tell CBC News there is growing concern over the STARS air ambulance program and patient management, as several cases are currently under clinical review by the province.  See full story

Source: CBC, 15-Sep-13

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STARS expanding flight hours in Manitoba

STARS expanding flight hours in Manitoba

We understand the importance of the life-saving service that STARS provides and the need for this vital assistance to be available 24/7 (see full story)

Source: Winnipeg Sun, 29-Oct-12

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RCMP adds two unmanned mini-UAVs in Manitoba

RCMP adds two unmanned mini-UAVs in Manitoba

The two Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) units will be used taking aerial photos and videos of motor vehicle collision scenes and crime scenes. (see full story)

Source: CBC, 28-Aug-12

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Talk of second Winnipeg Police helicopter premature, says councillor

Talk of second Winnipeg Police helicopter premature, says councillor

Winnipeg Police have had their EC120 a year now, and the usage in 2012 at 40 hours a month is 50% higher than planned. Opposition councillors are calling for a second helicopter (see full story)

Source: CBC, 27-Apr-12

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STARS launches in Manitoba with new crew of 14

STARS launches in Manitoba with new crew of 14

A permanent Manitoba crew of 14 paramedics, nurses and pilots is now responding to emergency calls across the province with the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) helicopter ambulance, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today. “These paramedics, nurses and pilots are a critical link in patient care and their training and expertise will truly help… Read more »

Source: STARS, 23-Feb-12

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Global Winnipeg Morning News holds helicopter name contest

Global Winnipeg Morning News holds helicopter name contest

Global Winnipeg has the only Television News Helicopter in Winnipeg and we want your help in naming it. Prize: A tour over Winnipeg in the Global Winnipeg News Helicopter and a meet and greet with Eva Kovacs and “bragging rights” on having named our Helicopter. Our News Helicopter will give viewers breaking news and traffic… Read more »

Source: Global Winnipeg, 05-Feb-12

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Exchange Income Corp completes acquisition of Custom Helicopters

Exchange Income Corp completes acquisition of Custom Helicopters

Exchange Income Corporation (TSX:EIF) (the “Corporation”), announced today the successful completion of its acquisition of Custom Helicopters Ltd., a provider of helicopter-based aviation services in Manitoba and Nunavut. The acquisition was first announced on January 12, 2012. The Corporation paid a total purchase price of $29 million, of which $4.3 million was paid through the issuance of 170,121 common… Read more »

Source: Exchange Income Corp, 02-Feb-12

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Canada: Custom Helicopters sold for $29 Million

Canada: Custom Helicopters sold for $29 Million

Exchange Income Corporation (TSX: EIF) (“Exchange” or the “Corporation”), announced today that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire the operations and assets of Custom Helicopters Ltd., a privately-owned provider of helicopter-based aviation services in Manitoba and Nunavut. The acquisition is valued at $29 million, and will be paid through a combination of cash and… Read more »

Source: Exchange, 12-Jan-12

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Manitoba Government makes STARS contract permanent

Manitoba Government makes STARS contract permanent

The province has signed a memorandum of understanding with the non-profit Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) to make the helicopter ambulance program permanent in Manitoba, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today. “The STARS team has made a real difference in Manitoba’s flood fight and we thank them for their hard work,” said Oswald.  “Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Govt of Manitoba, 28-Jun-11

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Eurocopter Canada delivers EC120 to Winnipeg Police

Eurocopter Canada delivers EC120 to Winnipeg Police

Winnipeg, MB – Law enforcement in Manitoba’s capital city entered a new era today with the delivery of the first Eurocopter EC120 B helicopter for the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS). The 200-kilometer an hour helicopter will provide faster response times, enhanced public and officer safety and serve as a ‘force multiplier’ providing versatile aerial support… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 07-Dec-10

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Manitoba contracts air ambulance from STARS

Manitoba contracts air ambulance from STARS

This is a repeat of when an Alberta-based STARS helicopter air ambulance was stationed in southern Manitoba during the last serious spring flood in 2009, and it was credited with saving two lives

Source: Winnipeg Free Press, 06-Dec-10

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Province of Manitoba considers medical helicopters

Province of Manitoba considers medical helicopters

Manitoba’s health minister says the province is taking a “close look” at getting a medical helicopter.

Source: CJOB, 10-Oct-10

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Great Slave Helicopters Inks Fire Services Contract with Manitoba

Great Slave Helicopters Inks Fire Services Contract with Manitoba

Discovery Air Inc. is pleased to announce that its Great Slave Helicopters subsidiary (GSH) has signed a new three-year contract with the Province of Manitoba to provide forest fire suppression support services. The deal commits one Bell medium helicopter, operated by GSH subsidiary Hudson Bay Helicopters, to the province for each fire season over the… Read more »

Source: Discovery Air, 18-May-10

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MPI touted as sponsor for Winnipeg Police helicopter

The city’s first police helicopter could help cut down MPI’s costs by monitoring traffic “from a surreptitious point of view,” according to June 2009 police report obtained by the Free Press under freedom-of-information legislation.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press, 20-Apr-10

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Province of Manitoba commits extra money for Winnipeg Police helicopter

Province of Manitoba commits extra money for Winnipeg Police helicopter

The Manitoba government has agreed to pony up extra money to cover any operational cost increases associated with the chopper, according to Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz, who revealed the latest development to reporters Tuesday afternoon Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2010/02/16/mb-police-helicopter-funding-winnipeg.html#ixzz0flsWk5tq

Source: CBC, 17-Feb-10

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Winnipeg Council approves police helicopter

Winnipeg Council approves police helicopter

Councillors approved spending Can$3.5 million to outfit the police with a helicopter.

17-Dec-09

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Police helicopter added to Winnipeg’s capital budget

Police helicopter added to Winnipeg’s capital budget

Winnipeg needs a police helicopter to respond to mundane calls, not for dramatic Hollywood-style aerial chases, police Chief Keith McCaskill said after politicians tentatively approved the purchase.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press, 08-Dec-09

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Winnipeg’s police chief continues to push for helicoptere purchase

Winnipeg’s police chief continues to push for helicoptere purchase

Winnipeg’s police chief, backed by Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative Party, is pushing for a helicopter to be added to the service’s resources.  Chief Keith McCaskill said the chopper would be a “huge benefit” but the question of who would pay for it must first be answered.

Source: CBC, 12-Nov-09

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Winnipeg Police Service “could have a helicopter as early as 2010”

The author of a 2002 study into a police helicopter for Winnipeg is willing to do it all over again, but this time he’d like a reply.  Kim Hards, a quality assurance manager for an Alberta helicopter company, said recently he’s willing to put together another report, but only if the Winnipeg Police Service is… Read more »

Source: Winnipeg Free Press, 08-Sep-09

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Police helicopter for Winnipeg looking likely to be approved

Source: Winnipeg Sun, 24-Jun-09

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Winnipeg Police Chief puts helicopter debate back on front burner

Source: CTV, 27-Jan-09

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