The partnership between STARS and the province will continue.
At an event in Regina Tuesday morning, the Government of Saskatchewan announced they’re committed to renewing a 10 year agreement between the two parties past 2020.
Minister Responsible for Rural and Remote Health Greg Ottenbreit also announced the province will fund one of three new H145 helicopters, an announcement welcomed the President and CEO of STARS.
“It’s an amazing day for us,” said Andrea Robertson.
Nutrien also announced funding for a second helicopter, with the first one expected to arrive in Saskatchewan in 2019, with others being phased in by 2023.
“The H-145 is the brand new version of this puppy, essentially,” she said. “Some of the features it’s got is if you look at the back of a helicopter, that tail rotor is just out there spinning. In the new helicopter, it’s fenestrated, so it’s completely covered.”
Robertson said the new helicopters being up to date will be of great help in the long run.
“It’s got the room inside and the technology inside that will be changeable over time.”