© Aaron Stuckel
Jon Antal talks to fire chiefs about a new air-ambulance program in Saskatchewan set to start this spring.
At a conference with the theme “Challenge to Change,” a presentation on a new air ambulance program in Saskatchewan is extremely fitting.
Members of the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs heard a presentation from Jon Antal from the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) on Saturday.
The program is just finding its legs in Saskatchewan, with a deal signed with the province last April to bring helicopter bases to both Regina and Saskatoon.
“STARS is going to just be another tool to enhance the great emergency services we have already,” said Antal. “It just gives us another ability to get that patient from rural Saskatchewan… back into the cities a lot quicker and get him into that trauma surgeon or intensive care doctor immediately.”
But patients won’t go very far if there’s no one to help land the helicopter at the scene of an accident. And that’s why Antal is speaking in Moose Jaw.
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