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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is one of Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service’s (STARS) top municipal supporters, according to the organization’s annual report.
The report was given to Fort St. John City Council at their latest meeting on March 13th.
STARS is an air ambulance service based out of Calgary that serves much of Alberta and northeast B.C.
The annual report indicated that the PRRD and six other communities were the top supporters of STARS in 2022.
Since the PRRD first began to support STARS in 2009, the district has given over $2 million to the air ambulance service. Furthermore, the PRRD recently entered into another multi-year grant with STARS for $170,000 per year for the next three years.
This level of support means that the PRRD’s logo is on a helicopter within the STARS fleet, next to municipal logos from Clear Hill, Saddle Hills, Grande Prairie County, City of Grande Prairie, Greenview, and Rock View.
Sturgeon County and Birch Hills County will also be joining the initial seven logos in 2023.
The report also stated that since 2010, 69 patients within the Peace River region have been flown by STARS to receive medical treatment.
Of the 69 patients, 12 were from Fort St. John; and of those 12, three were flown by STARS in 2022.
STARS annual report also laid out some of the health service advancements used by the team, such as the use of Hamilton T-1 ventilators, video laryngoscopes, and making it standard to carry two units of universally accepted blood aboard.
Furthermore, STARS also confirmed the completion of its new fleet of ten Airbus H145 helicopters; seven of which were paid for by the federal government.
For more information about STARS, visit their website.
The full annual presentation from STARS can be viewed below:
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