STARS Ambulance

Helping STARS Carry Out Life Saving Missions

STARS helicopterSurge Energy has made a multi-year commitment to STARS designated to support the Alberta Mobile Education Unit, the Alberta Fund-A-Flight and the Saskatchewan Fund-A-Flight initiatives.

A letter of thanks to Surge from STARS

Since 2012, Surge energy has generously donated $220,000 towards STARS operations across Western Canada. Because of the support we receive from you, we are able to hire talented and motivated crews, purchase the most up to date medical tools and technology, and treat patients with the care, precision and timeliness that ensures their best chance of survival in times of critical need.

Specifically, your funding has supported a range of critical lifesaving activities including:

  • $92,600 towards the Medical Education Unit with 2,251 medical personnel trained in 2018/19 alone.
  • $82,400 towards mission related operations (including six Fund-a-Flight missions). Since 1985, our one air ambulance has grown to an entire fleet, and our first mission has led to over 42,000. STARS averages eight missions every day throughout Western Canada
  • $25,000 towards the Radio Infrastructure Project helping STARS to achieve and maintain full interoperability and communicate in real-time with our chain of survival partners.
  • $20,000 toward medically outfitting the AW139 interiors with the most up-to-date equipment.

Your funding each year is crucial to helping us carry out life-saving missions. This past year, STARS was able to carry out 2,878 missions from our six bases, with the STARS Emergency Link Centre responding to 22,697 emergency requests during the same period (an average of 63 per day). These calls covered a wide spectrum of events, from patients in hospitals, scene calls, search and rescue events, charter helicopter coordination, On Line Medical Control for ground EMS, collaborative emergency centres, and industry emergency requests.

Additionally, through STARS’ Industry Emergency Communications Centre, close to 47,000 work alone events were processed last fiscal year. Thank you for allowing us to maintain this level of service for our industry partners.

Thank you for championing STARS as a partner in safety for industry, community, employees, and families.