Fire chiefs seeing STARS

Moose Jaw Times Herald - Editorial Staff
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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.

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society, Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Regina, Saskatoon Moose Jaw

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  • Louise
    April 15, 2012 - 15:42

    With the new hospital now being built in Moose Jaw,now would be a good time to start thinking about getting a helicopter pad built with the hospital instead of doing it years later.With the new STARS helicopter being brought into Sask in the next couple of months,there is a great need for this service in all communities and I am sure Moose Jaw would greatly benefit from this program as well.