Air ambulance plan gets a boost

Air ambulance plan gets a boost

Cargill is giving $400,000 to STARS, the not-for-profit air ambulance organization. The organization is seeking to buy nine new, medically equipped Airbus H145 helicopters, at a cost of $13 million each, for use in Western Canada.

STARS has been flying missions in the new H145 aircraft from two of its bases since mid-2019, thanks to government, community and corporate support. The organization hopes to see the remainder of the new fleet delivered by 2022.

“We’re so thankful our allies are helping us renew our fleet, particularly through these challenging times, when community support is so critical to our operations,” said Andrea Robertson, STARS president and CEO.

The new aircraft have a service life of about 30 years.

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