STAR-9 touches down in Regina
A medically-equipped BK117 helicopter arrived at the STARS Regina base for the first time on the evening of Friday, April 20. The helicopter, which uses the callsign STAR-9 when communicating with our dispatchers in the STARS Emergency Link Centre, was flown from Edmonton by STARS pilot and Regina Aviation Base Manager Jacques Poirier.
It wasn't long before STAR-9 was put to work. On Sunday, April 22 at the Estevan Airport, STARS undertook landing zone training with over 200 volunteer firefighters. Landing zone training prepares emergency personnel and volunteers to prepare a safe landing area for the aircraft and how to safely approach the helicopter. They also have the opportunity to become familiar with the medically-equipped interior of the helicopter.
Please visit our Facebook page to view photos of the arrival in Regina and landing zone training in Estevan.
A number of education, outreach and community-based activities are being planned with the STARS helicopter prior to the official launch of the Regina base on April 30. The event in Estevan is the first educational outreach in Saskatchewan where STARS flew into a community. After we begin flying missions on April 30, the helicopter will remain mission-ready at our Regina base.