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STARS News Release

STARS celebrates 30 years of care in the air

September 15, 2015

Calgary, AB, Sept 15, 2015 – Have you ever watched a STARS helicopter fly overhead and wondered what goes on inside? Or wanted to ask a STARS crew member a question? Here’s your chance to do all this and more at one of STARS’ upcoming open houses. To mark our 30th anniversary, STARS is opening the doors of its Alberta and Saskatchewan bases to give the public an inside look at how we operate. At these events, guests will have the opportunity to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of a STARS base, complete with an up-close look at a STARS helicopter.

In addition to the base tour, guests will have the chance to:

• Meet STARS pilots and air medical crew members
• Tour the Mobile Education Unit and check out the human patient simulator
• Meet STARS VIPs (Very Important Patients)
• Hang out with STARBEAR
• Purchase limited edition STARS 30th anniversary merchandise

Guests at the Calgary base open house will also have the chance to tour the STARS Emergency Link Centre (ELC). The ELC coordinates STARS missions 24 hours a day, linking emergency service providers together to coordinate the best care possible for each patient.

STARS has flown more than 30,000 missions since 1985 and we hope you will join us to celebrate this 30-year milestone.

A schedule of events and contact information for all of our open houses are listed below.

Grande Prairie open house
Friday Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
11 a.m. – doors open
Noon – BBQ Lunch
12:30 p.m. – introductions and welcome speeches
Address: 10911-123 St., Grande Prairie, AB

Calgary open house
Saturday Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
11 a.m. – doors open
12:30 p.m. – introductions and welcome speeches
Food trucks will be available on site
Featured as part of Doors Open YYC:
Address: 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, AB

Regina open house
Friday Oct. 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: 2640 Airport Road, Regina, SK

Saskatoon open house
Friday Oct. 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: Hangar 21, 2475 Airport Road, Saskatoon, SK

Edmonton open house
Monday Oct. 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
4 p.m. – doors open
5 p.m. – opening speeches
Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided
Address: Suite 100, 1519 35 Ave. East, Edmonton International Airport, AB


STARS is a non-profit that provides specialized emergency medical care and helicopter transportation for critically ill and injured patients. Our physicians, nurses, paramedics and pilots work with a team of dedicated support staff and community partners to save lives. STARS has bases in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.

For more information, please contact:

Fatima Khawaja
Media: 1.866.966.8277