The Province is increasing funding to STARS Air Ambulance by 23 per cent. The organization will see an increase from $7 million to more than $15 million. 

“Helicopter air ambulance service, along with ground ambulances and fixed-wing air ambulance, are critical components of the EMS system in Alberta and one of the ways we are able to provide safe, reliable and timely service to rural and remote communities. EMS looks forward to continuing the strong working relationship we have enjoyed for many years with STARS in the service of Albertans,” said Darren Sandbeck, chief paramedic and senior provincial director, Alberta Health Services EMS.

Budget 2022 includes $64 million in additional funding for EMS to respond to high demand and stress on staff, including $28 million in supports for ground and helicopter air ambulance services. 

Additionally, Alberta Health Services continues to work with two other existing helicopter air ambulance providers, Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operation (HERO) and Helicopter Air Lift Operation (HALO). 


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