Saskatchewan

STARS adds second Airbus H145 in Saskatchewan

STARS adds second Airbus H145 in Saskatchewan

5-Jul-2021Source: STARS

Together with patients, crew, community supporters and government officials, STARS officially welcomed its newest Airbus H145 helicopter to Regina and the province. The aircraft, which entered service in Saskatchewan weeks ago, is the fifth of ten helicopters needed to replace the air ambulance’s fleet across Western Canada. “Today is about bringing us another step closer to... Read more

STARS Radiothon to take over radiowaves to save lives across Saskatchewan

STARS Radiothon to take over radiowaves to save lives across Saskatchewan

19-Apr-2021Source: STARS

There’s a new, virtual way to make a difference in the lives of those who live, work or play across Saskatchewan: by listening and donating to the first-ever Critical Care on the Air radiothon, presented by GMS, in support of STARS. The two-day radiothon will be broadcast from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 21... Read more

STARS introduces Airbus H145 to Saskatchewan base

STARS introduces Airbus H145 to Saskatchewan base

4-Oct-2019Source: CBC

New Airbus H145 the 3rd STARS has bought to replace its older models in the Prairie provinces. See Full Story.... Read more

Work starts on upgrade to Saskatchewan hospital helipad

Work starts on upgrade to Saskatchewan hospital helipad

3-Oct-2019Source: Prince Albert Daily Herald

Construction to upgrade the Victoria Hospital’s temporary landing area to a certified heliport is underway. See Full Story.  ... Read more

STARS announces winners of $4.1M Saskatchewan Lottery

STARS announces winners of $4.1M Saskatchewan Lottery

9-Aug-2019Source: STARS

Many STARS supporters across Saskatchewan received some exciting news following the final draws of the 2019 STARS lottery yesterday. Mossbank resident Gary Woit was visiting neighbours when he received the call from an enthusiastic room of STARS crew and a former patient telling him he’d won the $1.5 million Saskatoon area grand prize show home.... Read more

Former premier of Saskatchewan to lead STARS fundraising campaign

Former premier of Saskatchewan to lead STARS fundraising campaign

30-Apr-2019Source: STARS

One of the people credited with bringing STARS to Saskatchewan is stepping up once again to help the non-profit fundraise for its future. Former premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall, announced via video message that he is volunteering his time to chair the air ambulance’s capital campaign, raising funds to replace its fleet and to continue... Read more

Saskatchewan renews 10 year STARS funding contract

Saskatchewan renews 10 year STARS funding contract

7-Dec-2018Source: Saskatchewan

The Government of Saskatchewan is committing to renew its 10-year agreement with Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) beyond 2020 to provide helicopter air medical service in Saskatchewan.  The province will also fund one of the three new helicopters needed in Saskatchewan as part of the organization’s plan for fleet renewal.“We are pleased to announce... Read more

DLR makes rotor noise and vibration advances with Airbus Germany

DLR makes rotor noise and vibration advances with Airbus Germany

1-Aug-2017Source: DLR

Under some operating conditions, rotors are the main source of noise produced by a helicopter. To reduce this noise and the simultaneous vibrations, the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with Airbus Helicopters Deutschland, has tested active rotor control on a modern, five-blade rotor in a wind tunnel as part of... Read more

STARS turns 5 in Saskatchewan

STARS turns 5 in Saskatchewan

12-Jul-2017Source: Saskatchewan

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) is celebrating its 5th anniversary of saving lives in Saskatchewan. Since 2012, STARS has carried out more than 4,000 missions to more than 500 locations across the province, and today Health Minister Jim Reiter, Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit and Crown Investments Corporation Minister Joe Hargrave... Read more

Canadian potash miner gives $1M gift to STARS air ambulance

Canadian potash miner gives $1M gift to STARS air ambulance

23-May-2017

Saskatchewan’s newest solution potash mine may draw its product from underground, but the company that built it is already looking to the sky to give back to its employees and the people of the province. At the grand opening of their Legacy mine today, K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) announced a $1 million gift to STARS... Read more

Sikorsky Helicopter Maintenance Trainer Advances Engineering Program

Sikorsky Helicopter Maintenance Trainer Advances Engineering Program

23-Nov-2016Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) today celebrated the transfer of an S-76A™ helicopter maintenance trainer to the Saskatchewan Aviation Learning Centre. Valued at CAD 1.3 million (USD 945,000), the non-flying, twin-engine helicopter with associated equipment and documentation provides an important learning tool for students pursuing a career... Read more

STARS Rescue raises more $516,000

STARS Rescue raises more $516,000

19-Sep-2016Source: STARS

More than $516,000 was raised by five Saskatchewan community and business leaders at the second annual Rescue on the Prairie fundraising event for STARS air ambulance, held Thursday at a remote prairie location near St. Denis, SK. “I was really honoured that I was chosen to participate,” said Kindersley-based participant Garth MacDonald. “It’s been fun.... Read more

STARS Lottery Saskatchewan gives away over $4 Million in prizes

STARS Lottery Saskatchewan gives away over $4 Million in prizes

14-Aug-2016Source: STARS

Celebrations are taking place across the province today following the announcement of the 2016 STARS Lottery Saskatchewan winners. The fifth annual lottery was the most successful to date in terms of revenue generated, and organizers are grateful to supporters for helping the fundraiser do so well, despite recent economic constraints in the province. “The people... Read more

STARS Lottery Saskatchewan celebrates fifth anniversary

STARS Lottery Saskatchewan celebrates fifth anniversary

16-May-2016Source: STARS

STARS has flown more than 3,000 missions to more than 400 communities across Saskatchewan since it established operations in the province in 2012. The missions have been made possible with the help of STARS Lottery, which is now celebrating its fifth birthday. The lottery officially kicked off today with 2019 prizes valued at more than... Read more

Helipad from day one at new Saskatchewan hospital

Helipad from day one at new Saskatchewan hospital

9-Nov-2015Source: CTV News

A new hospital has officially opened in Moose Jaw that features a helicopter pad, a hyperbaric chamber and the first permanent MRI scanner outside Regina and Saskatoon. See Full Story... Read more

New helipad opened closer to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon

New helipad opened closer to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon

26-Oct-2015Source: Global News

STARS and the Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) are now able to transport emergency patients faster, thanks to a new temporary medical helicopter landing pad on the University of Saskatchewan campus. See Full Story... Read more

First sell out for STARS Lottery in Saskatchewan

First sell out for STARS Lottery in Saskatchewan

17-Jul-2015Source: STARS

The STARS organization is thrilled to announce their annual lottery in Saskatchewan has sold out for the first time in the event’s four year history. The lottery provides significant funding for STARS’ bases in Saskatoon and Regina. “Approximately 50 per cent of the funding for our two bases in Saskatchewan comes from local supporters. Each... Read more

FCC commits $500,000 over five years to STARS air ambulance

FCC commits $500,000 over five years to STARS air ambulance

2-Jun-2015Source: FCC

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) today announced a $500,000 contribution over five years to STARS air ambulance, providing life-saving transportation to patients in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. “STARS provides critical care and transportation for rural residents who don’t have quick or easy access to health care in emergency situations,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO.... Read more

Rotary Club of Estevan purchases hospital helipad naming rights

Rotary Club of Estevan purchases hospital helipad naming rights

13-Jun-2014Source: Rotary Club of Estevan

Rotary Club of Estevan president-elect Charles Olsen presented a cheque for $20,000 to St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation executive director Becky Conly last night at Lobsterfest. It’s the first payments in our $120,000 commitment for the naming rights to the helipad at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Last night’s presentation included $10,000 from the Rotary Club of Estevan... Read more

Rooftop pad opens at Regina General Hospital

Rooftop pad opens at Regina General Hospital

4-Dec-2013Source: Regina Qu’Appelle

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is ready to land at Regina General Hospital now that Transport Canada has certified the new $3.4 million rooftop heliport for use. “Landing directly at Regina General will allow our emergency services to get patients in southern Saskatchewan to a critical care team about 15 minutes faster,” Health... Read more

Blood storage gives STARS Regina head start on transfusions

Blood storage gives STARS Regina head start on transfusions

7-Nov-2013Source: Regina Qu'Appelle Health

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) in Regina has become the first air medical service in Canada to begin stocking blood in advance for life-saving transfusions on air medical missions. This new approach, spearheaded by Regina General Hospital Transfusion Lab staff, allows the helicopter emergency medical service to begin a blood transfusion early. The... Read more

Ceremony marks opening of new helipad in Estevan

Ceremony marks opening of new helipad in Estevan

27-Sep-2013Source: Estevan Mercury

The helipad at St. Joseph’s Hospital is the first certified helipad in the province of Saskatchewan   See full story... Read more

STARS hangar in Saskatoon close to completion

STARS hangar in Saskatoon close to completion

2-Sep-2013Source: STARS

STARS’ Saskatchewan vice president of operations Ron Dufresne said today that construction of the future STARS helicopter base in Saskatoon is progressing on schedule and expects the helicopter air ambulance service to move into its new home in November. “We’re very excited to move closer to having a permanent home for our Saskatoon team,” said... Read more

Hospital helipad construction underway in Regina

Hospital helipad construction underway in Regina

16-Jul-2013Source: Global News

Construction crews have a deadline: by November, the heliport at the Regina General Hospital should be operational. For STARS air ambulance, it can’t come soon enough.  see full story and pictures... Read more

STARS receives major gift from Young’s Equipment

STARS receives major gift from Young’s Equipment

18-Jun-2013Source: STARS

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is excited to announce a $500,000 donation from Young’s Equipment Inc., a Saskatchewan agricultural equipment business. “We are committed to our customers and during our 25th anniversary year, wanted to invest in an organization that would make a meaningful difference to our customers across the province,” said Tim... Read more

Saskatchewan – temporary helipad for Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert

Saskatchewan – temporary helipad for Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert

2-Nov-2012Source: Prince Albert Parkland Health Region

Prince Albert Parkland Health Region maintenance staff will this week begin construction of a temporary helicopter landing pad at the Victoria Hospital, to accommodate flights from the STARS helicopter ambulance service. The helicopter landing pad will be built on the triangle of grassed land just east of the southeast corner of Herb Bassett Home and... Read more

Yorkton hospital getting helipad for STARS helicopter

Yorkton hospital getting helipad for STARS helicopter

11-Oct-2012Source: StarPhoenix

A helipad for the STARS helicopter air ambulance has moved from the drawing pad to plans for construction behind the Yorkton Regional Hospital. (see full story)... Read more

STARS begins night missions from Regina base

STARS begins night missions from Regina base

31-Jul-2012Source: STARS

July 30, 2012 – Today STARS air ambulance is beginning 24-hour-a-day operations at its Regina base. Until now, the STARS Regina base has only operated 12-hours per day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Now that the majority of clinical and aviation staff have had time to become comfortable with the terrain and providing service in... Read more

STARS officially launches operations in Saskatchewan

STARS officially launches operations in Saskatchewan

1-May-2012Source: STARS

Regina, SK, April 30, 2012 – As of noon today, the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) was ready to provide helicopter air ambulance services for critically ill and injured patients in southern Saskatchewan. Following a brief ceremony involving dignitaries and former patients, the organization opened its base in Regina. “This is a historic day for... Read more

STARS sets date for Saskatchewan start

STARS sets date for Saskatchewan start

12-Apr-2012Source: STARS

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is pleased to announce it will launch its first Saskatchewan base on Monday, April 30 in Regina. Beginning at 12 p.m. (noon), STARS will be ready to provide safe, rapid medical transport for critically ill and injured patients in southern Saskatchewan. “We’re very excited that helicopter air medical... Read more

Construction begins at STARS base in Saskatchewan

Construction begins at STARS base in Saskatchewan

14-Dec-2011Source: STARS

Saskatchewan Health Minister Don McMorris, STARS representatives and local media received a phase-one project briefing today at the site of the future STARS helicopter base at the Regina International Airport. Construction is progressing on schedule in advance of the anticipated spring 2012 launch of operations. “We’re very excited to move a step closer to introducing... Read more

$300,000 donation for STARS Saskatchewan

$300,000 donation for STARS Saskatchewan

16-Sep-2011Source: STARS

Enerplus Corporation, a Canadian independent oil and gas producer, has provided a $300,000 donation to the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) Saskatchewan program. The announcement took place at the Weyburn Golf Club on Thursday, September 15, 2011. Mr. Ian Dundas, Executive Vice-President and COO from Enerplus, presented the donation to Andrea Robertson, President &... Read more

STARS celebrates Husky Energy’s $1 million donation milestone

STARS celebrates Husky Energy’s $1 million donation milestone

29-Jun-2011Source: STARS

Lloydminster, SK, June 27, 2011 – Husky Energy reached a donation milestone today after presenting the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) with a $250,000 cheque toward the establishment of the STARS air ambulance program in Saskatchewan. The donation places Husky’s cumulative giving to STARS at over $1 million. “Our partnership with STARS reflects the... Read more

STARS air ambulance helicopters being showcased in Saskatchewan

STARS air ambulance helicopters being showcased in Saskatchewan

10-Jun-2011Source: Melfort Journal

Melfort residents will be able to check out the Shock Trauma Rescue Society (STARS) helicopters on Saturday, June 11. The STARS will be landing one of its medically-equipped helicopters at the Melfort Mall at 12:30 p.m.... Read more

Regina Police start using unmanned Draganflyer X6

Regina Police start using unmanned Draganflyer X6

26-May-2011Source: Regina Leader-Post

Police Inspector Tom Mansfield said Dragan X6 flew out of an idea advanced several years ago by the Canadian Police Research Centre (CPRC) in Ottawa, which wanted to give police services an “eye in the sky” without the high cost of a full-sized helicopter and crew.... Read more

STARS receives Can$5M donation from Crescent Point Energy

STARS receives Can$5M donation from Crescent Point Energy

15-May-2011Source: STARS

STARS is celebrating a $5 million donation from Crescent Point Energy (CPE) toward the establishment of a STARS program in Saskatchewan in 2012, and at a recent presentation, STARS presents a model AW139 helicopter to CPE. STARS signed an agreement with the government of Saskatchewan to develop a helicopter emergency medical services program in the... Read more

STARS expands into Saskatchewan

STARS expands into Saskatchewan

7-Apr-2011Source: STARS

Saskatchewan is proceeding with a major new component of emergency medical services.  Medical helicopters based in Saskatoon and Regina will support faster, more responsive emergency medical care for patients across the province. The province has signed a service agreement with Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS), a non-profit organization that provides rotary wing air medical... Read more

Saskatchewan air ambulance won’t take off until 2012

Saskatchewan air ambulance won’t take off until 2012

20-Jan-2011Source: Winnipeg Free Press

Rod Gantefoer, the provincial member of the legislature who is in charge of getting the STARS program going, says it won’t be up and running until the fall of 2012.... Read more

Helicopter ambulance system in the works for Saskatchewan

Helicopter ambulance system in the works for Saskatchewan

1-Nov-2010Source: Leader-Post

Premier Brad Wall signalled his readiness for the 2011 election campaign with a throne speech Wednesday pledging to make good on outstanding promises, such as air ambulance helicopter service... Read more

Air Ambulance helicopter price tag too high for Saskatchewan

Air Ambulance helicopter price tag too high for Saskatchewan

29-Nov-2009Source: Star Phoenix

The Saskatchewan Party government is grounding its long-cherished idea of a helicopter air ambulance service because of its hefty price tag.  A report commissioned by the government and released Thursday shows the initial capital costs would be $42.4 million and annual operating costs would be $9 million for a system based out of both Regina... Read more

Saskatchewan Air Ambulance considers adding helicopters

Saskatchewan Air Ambulance considers adding helicopters

1-Mar-2009Source: Saskatoon Homepage

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