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STARS News Release

$1.4 million donation from Explorers and Producers Association of Canada

January 31, 2014

Calgary, AB, Jan. 31, 2014 – The Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC) have contributed more than $1.4 million to STARS air ambulance, with funds directed to the medical interior of the new AW139 helicopter set to go into operations in February.

STARS placed EPAC’s logo on the new helicopters in recognition of the donation, and unveiled it on the Calgary-based AW139 today during a special celebration at STARS’ Calgary base. Representing EPAC at the celebration were executive members Gary Leach, president of EPAC; Aidan Walsh president & CEO of Baccalieu Energy; and Dough Hittel, president of Mancal Energy.

In 2010 STARS approached EPAC to raise funds for the helicopter medical interior, which has many elements similar to a hospital intensive care unit. More than 30 EPAC organizations and individuals became involved in the fundraising campaign.

The Calgary-based AW139 helicopter is the second of two new donor-funded AW139s purchased by STARS for Alberta, with the first already in service in Edmonton (arrived in Dec. 2012). The helicopters will enhance access to emergency pre-hospital critical care through more rapid response, an expanded service area, a larger medical interior, powerful lift capacity, and a de-icing system that will enable flight during adverse weather conditions.

The AW139s cost approximately $16 million each, including $14.2 million for each helicopter, and $2 million for each of the medical interiors.

The Explorers and Producers Association of Canada, advocates on behalf of its member companies for sound government policy that promotes a thriving independent oil and gas sector. Canada's junior and mid-sized companies are a critical component of our nation's oil and gas industry, investing billions of dollars each year finding and developing new energy reserves while providing the North American market with a secure, reliable energy source.

STARS provides specialized emergency medical care and 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.

Cam Heke
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