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STARS responds to 32 emergencies over long weekend

August 6, 2012

August 6, 2012 - STARS air ambulance responded to 32 emergencies over the long weekend, including 19 inter-hospital missions and 13 direct to scene responses (landing on highways, open fields and other areas at or near incident locations). The Edmonton base flew the most missions relative to other bases, responding to 15 emergencies from Friday to Monday at 5:30 p.m. MDT. The Calgary base responded to 10 emergencies, Regina and Winnipeg responded to 3 each, and the Grande Prairie base responded to 2 emergencies.

In addition to flown missions STARS was also requested for another 40 emergencies whereby crews were either already responding to an emergency or stood down before launching. STARS is typically stood down when a patient’s condition is confirmed to be more stable than initially understood, or when a patient is deceased before arrival and therefore no longer requires further care or transport.

STARS typically responds to four emergencies a day in Alberta. Comparable historical data is not yet available for new bases located in Regina and Winnipeg.

When possible basic mission information is posted to the STARS Twitter account at

Below is a breakdown of missions per base.

Friday August 3, 2012

STAR-1 (Calgary)

  • Airdrie - Medical emergency
  • Blairmore - Motorcycle related

STAR-3 (Edmonton)

  • Athabasca - Medical emergency

Saturday August 4, 2012

STAR-1 (Calgary)

  • Three Hills - Vehicle rollover
  • Kneehill County - Motorcycle collision with vehicle
  • Nordegg area - Quad incident

STAR-3 (Edmonton)

  • Gibbons - Vehicle collision
  • Camrose area - Medical emergency
  • Westlock - Tractor related emergency
  • Wainwright - Vehicle collision
  • Harleck area - Quad incident
  • Barrhead - Quad incident

STAR-5 (Grande Prairie)

  • Spirit River - Medical emergency
  • Dawson Creek - Medical emergency

STAR-7 (Winnipeg)

  • Ste. Rose - Medical emergency
  • Pinawa - Medical emergency

STAR-9 (Regina)

  • Edenwold - Vehicle rollover
  • Craik - Vehicle rollover
  • Kamsack - Medical emergency

Sunday August 5, 2012

STAR-1 (Calgary)

  • High River - Medical emergency
  • Carsland area - Near drowning
  • Mclean Creek - Quad incident

STAR-3 (Edmonton)

  • Tofield - Medical emergency
  • Beaver County area - Vehicle rollover
  • Fort Saskatchewan - Medical emergency
  • Mayerthorpe - Vehicle collision

STAR-7 (Winnipeg)

  • Pine Falls - Medical emergency

Monday August 6, 2012

STAR-1 (Calgary)

  • Blairmore - Medical emergency
  • Fernie - (Not confirmed at time of release)

STAR-3 (Edmonton)

  • Leduc County - Buffalo attack
  • Smoky Lake - Medical emergency
  • Clearwater County - Motorcycle collision with vehicle
  • Tofield - Medical emergency
  • Barrhead - Medical emergency

STAR-7 (Winnipeg)

  • Swan Lake - (Not confirmed at time of release)


A charitable, non-profit organization, STARS provides rapid and specialized emergency medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. STARS currently operates from five bases across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Since 1985, STARS has flown more than 23,000 missions. A new base is anticipated to open in Saskatoon in late 2012.

For more information:

Cam Heke
Media: 1-866-966-8277