Just before accepting their annual grant from Leduc County Feb. 10, STARS representatives told how that money is keeping STARS in the skies.
STARS Development Officer Miriam Moison said last year, STARS flew 13 missions in Leduc County. In 2012, there were 19 flights, 17 in 2011 and 28 in 2010.
The bulk of the flights are inter-hospital with 51 per cent being medical calls, like heart attacks and strokes and 40 per cent being trauma related.
Since adding two AW139 helicopters to the fleet, STARS has been able to enhance the services it provides to Albertans, said Moison because the bigger helicopters can fly faster and farther than the standard BK117. It also has the ability to carry two patients. Both the Edmonton and Calgary bases have AW139 helicopters stationed there.
“As of March 31, 2014, STARS has flown 390 missions to Leduc County. These missions would not be possible without the support of donors like Leduc County,” said Moison.
Since 1992, Leduc County has contributed $80,340 to STARS. Moison said currently, STARS receives 24 per cent of its funding from the provincial government and 76 per cent from fund raising, with 38 counties and municipalities supporting the emergency medical service.
“We’re in talks with the Alberta government to increase provincial funding,” she said. “We’re always looking to increase our funding to something we’re satisfied with and they can work with.”
Following the presentation, Leduc County Mayor John Whaley presented Moison and flight nurse Sherry Brooks with a $6,000 cheque.