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Nova Scotia's emergency and critical care safety-net was expanded
today to serve every corner of the province with a new specially
staffed and equipped helicopter.

"Having a helicopter and a highly trained staff gives all Nova
Scotians rapid access to critical care," said Premier John
Savage. "Now no matter where you live in Nova Scotia, you will
have access to the best care available in the province."

Canadian Helicopters and STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society)
have been awarded a five-year contract to provide a
helicopter-based air medical transport service. The two
organizations will combine their expertise to provide both the
program management and the aviation components of the contract.

"Canadian and STARS have an excellent service and safety record
across Canada and we are looking forward to working with them to
provide the best possible air medical transport program for Nova
Scotia." said Dr. Mike Murphy, commissioner of Emergency Health
Services Nova Scotia. "We're building on a tradition of
excellence which began 15 years ago by the IWK-Grace neo-natal
and pediatric air medical transport team."

The two companies providing this service have significant
experience in air medical transport programs. STARS (Shock Trauma
Air Rescue Society) is a non-profit organization that has been
managing an Alberta air medical transport program for the past 10
years. Canadian Helicopters has been providing a dedicated,
helicopter ambulance service for Ontario since 1977.

The base cost for the new contract is $619,000 per year,
excluding flight hours. It has been estimated that the total cost
including flight time will be $900,000, which is based on 150 to
200 emergency transports a year.


Contact: Lori MacLean  902-424-5025

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