As part of its commitment to safety, Tervita and its predecessor companies have been sponsoring STARS air ambulance since 1994.
STARS is a community-based, non-profit organization that receives over half its funding dollars through community donors. These donations allow STARS to provide vital transportation and medical care to patients in Western Canada who might not otherwise have access to these services.
Over the past 25 years, Tervita has donated more than $500,000 to STARS, including support of STARS community events and funding towards STARS mission operations and Vision Critical Campaign.
In addition to sponsorship, Tervita has registered approximately 70 work sites in Western Canada with the STARS Emergency Link Centre (ELC). The ELC monitors approximately 40,000 registered remote work sites across Western Canada, creating a vital “safety net” of nearby responders that provides triage support to ensure that medical attention arrives as soon as possible in an emergency.
STARS receives approximately 27,000 emergency requests a year – an average of 75 per day. These requests come from medical emergencies, trauma cases, industrial accidents, motor vehicle collisions, agricultural and recreational accidents. In 2018, STARS processed 143 emergencies from registered industry partners, primarily in the oil and gas industry.
They operate 11 medically outfitted helicopters from six bases across Western Canada: Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg. STARS crew members flew nearly 3,000 missions in Western Canada in a typical year (an average of eight per day), including more than 120 trips to Indigenous communities.
STARS’ newest mission is to replace its helicopter fleet – and this is no small task. Each specially equipped helicopter is worth approximately $13 million, and STARS plans to replace them all over a five-year time frame. More information is available at fightinflight.ca.