New funds help keep Fort McMurray-based helicopter ambulance afloat
EDMONTON – A helicopter ambulance service based in Fort McMurray will not have to land permanently.
The privately-owned company has been around for over 20 years, but was struggling to finance the service. It was running on a donation from Suncor, which ran out June 10.
On Tuesday night, council voted to put $1.5 million towards the service’s annual operating budget. The air ambulance will operate around the clock for the next year.
The owner of Phoenix Heli-Flight believes this is something the province should be handling.
“We’re lobbying for the people who are ill and injured, and that message has been heard, understood, and validated. Now the city and industry can take the message forward and work with the province,” said Paul Spring, President and Operations manager of Phoenix Heli-Flight
Council will review the level of funding for the service in 12 months.
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