30-Sep-2016 Source: HeliHub.com
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 project was initially supposed to be completed and open in 2014. Heliport Manager Craig Doerksen has reported that the project suffered challenges from the get go, causing initial delays, and met with challenges during construction as well.
The helipad will be used by STARS Air Ambulance, who estimates that the use of the helipad will cut 30 minutes off an emergency call. In 2015 STARS received 568 emergency calls, 335 of those calls needed an air ambulance to take them to Winnipeg.