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Town committee recommends support

for STARS air ambulance service

by Callie Hermanson which means their operating costs go up each The service also has two mobile educational
year as well, she explained. units for critical care and simulation training for
Glenda Farnden, senior municipal relations STARS updates their procedures and ambulance services in Alberta. Educations will
liaison for STARS air ambulance, gave a equipment as it becomes possible – they now be coming to Hinton August 25-26 and the dates
presentation at the Committee of the Whole have a video laryngoscope which aids in in Edson are to be announced.
meeting on May 24 in council chambers. intubating people to assist with breathing. The Mayor Greg Pasychny moved that the
Farnden emphasized that STARS is a non- laryngoscope lets them see where the tube is Committee of the Whole recommend to Council
profit charitable organization, which provides going. They also now carry two units of to make a commitment to STARS on behalf of
emergency critical care and transportation and is universal blood products on all flights, which its residents at a rate of $2 per capita, to come
internationally acclaimed for its model of can save time when the patient arrives at the from Unrestricted Surplus for the current 2016
operation. “What that means to you and I in the hospital. year and to be added to the protective services
room is that if you, your family, your friends or
your neighbors are ever to be flown with
STARS they will not receive a bill for services.”
Serving 98 per cent of the province 24/7 with
an 11-helicopter fleet, STARS has become a
critical part of Alberta's protective services. “We
are averaging about five missions per day across
Alberta,” said Farnden.
There are now six bases across three provinces
and have now flown more than 27,000 missions
since 1985 and STARS now has night-vision
capability for their operations in Alberta,
Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Farnden told the council that fundraising
covers the largest part of operations costs along
with municipal initiatives. Municipalities
partner with STARS by providing annual
funding and two-thirds of Alberta municipalities
support STARS.
What would be an immense help, Farnden
said, is if all Alberta municipalities supported on On May 25th, RCMP Members Brock Linaker and Kenneth Alexander visited Holy Redeemer's Physics 30 Class.
a $2 per capita basis and made the contribution The members gave a presentation on collision reconstruction using theoretical principles used high school
part of their protective services budget rather physics programs such as Kinetic Energy, Law of Conservation of Momentum, and kinetic friction. Linaker and
Alexander also talked to the class concerning issues such as drinking and driving, and texting and driving. (left to
than a charitable donation. Call volume for right) Jaryd Taylor, Carolyn Webb, Shawn DeLeeuw, Emma Graham, Parker Goulet-Beard, Tamara Everett, Joel
STARS increases every year (6-10% each year), Murry, Tomas Mark, Brock Linaker, Shaden Damen, Becca Harrison, Kenneth Alexander, Rhea Guevarra, and
Clement Okafor.


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