First Manitoba crew now ready to provide emergency care on STARS helicopter
A permanent Manitoba crew of 14 paramedics, nurses and pilots is now responding to emergency calls across the province. “These paramedics, nurses and pilots are a critical link in patient care and their training and expertise will truly help to save lives. We're continuing to strengthen our emergency response services through our partnership with STARS and we are extremely pleased that we now have Manitobans, some of whom are returning home, as part of this permanent, specialized team,” said Manitoba Health Minister Theresa Oswald.
Three registered nurses and four paramedics have completed the intensive 10-week training program through STARS including classroom instruction led by an emergency-care physician, simulations and ride-alongs with an experienced air-medical crew, and online work. An additional nurse and paramedic are expected to complete the training and join the Manitoba crew the first week of March. Seven experienced pilots are also permanently stationed in Manitoba.
STARS has responded to more than 150 emergencies in Manitoba between April 2011 and February 22, 2012. STARS signed a 10-year service agreement with the Government of Manitoba on February 22, 2012 to provide helicopter air ambulance from a permanent base in Winnipeg. For more information about the agreement please see the following media release from the Government of Manitoba.