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STARS News Release

STARS celebrating 5th anniversary in Grande Prairie

November 23, 2011

Grande Prairie, AB, November 23, 2011 – Former STARS patients, media, and members of the public are invited to a special five-year anniversary celebration at the STARS Grande Prairie base on Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 1 to 4 p.m. This event will acknowledge the incredible support from the community, while reflecting upon major milestones that have taken place over the past five years.

Please rsvp to Wendy Tindall at 780 830 7015 or wtindall@stars.ca.

What

  • Snacks and beverages
  • Speeches and videos
  • Human patient simulation demonstrations
  • Tours of the helicopter

When

  • Doors open to the public at 1 p.m.
  • There will be formal presentations at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Where

Grande Prairie Airport
10911 123 Street

Background

  • Approximately 75 per cent of funding needs are met through private donations received from individuals, service groups, municipalities, businesses and corporations. An additional 25 per cent of funding is through a collaborative affiliation agreement with Alberta Health Services.
  • STARS established a base in Grande Prairie in 2006, with operations beginning on November 1 as a 12-hour seven day a week program.
  • In 2007 the Grande Prairie base began operating on a 24-hour, seven day a week basis.
  • STARS has responded for more than 900 patients since opening a base in Grande Prairie.
  • STARS is a charitable non-profit organization that has responded to more than 21,000 emergencies since it began in 1985.
  • STARS provides service 24 hours a day, seven days a week from bases in Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie.
  • STARS unique model of community, corporate and government support allows the organization to continue innovating excellence in patient care.
  • STARS currently operates across three bases in Alberta, providing emergency service coverage to approximately 94 per cent of Alberta's population, and areas of eastern BC.
  • STARS is opening bases in Saskatoon and Regina in 2012.
  • STARS responded to 1,453 emergencies in Alberta in 2010.
  • STARS has operated from a Calgary base since 1985, Edmonton since 1991.
  • STARS flight crews consist of a pilot, a co-pilot, a nurse and paramedic experienced in critical care. The STARS team is supported on the ground with aircraft engineers. The team operates within an intensive care environment in the helicopter with equipment typically found in a hospital intensive care unit.
  • All STARS helicopters are rotary wing Eurocopter BK117 models. The aircraft is well suited to air ambulance duties because of its high performance, rotor design, most poor weather capabilities, and its rear clamshell doors. The STARS fleet is also equipped with night vision goggle capabilities and is the only civilian night vision goggle program to regularly fly in mountainous terrain in Canada.
  • All STARS captains have a minimum of 3,000 flight hours before they start with STARS. They also receive a full day of ground school learning to use night-vision goggles, which includes a simulator class. The pilots work full time at our bases and are Air Transport Licensed and all STARS pilots are Instrument Flying Rated.

For more information please contact:

Cam Heke
Manager, Media & Public Relations/
External Affairs and Communications
STARS
Media: 1-866-966-8277
cheke@stars.ca
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