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New air ambulance hangar at Saskatoon airport

New air ambulance hangar unveiled at John G Diefenbaker International Airport in Saskatoon.
New air ambulance hangar unveiled at John G Diefenbaker International Airport in Saskatoon. Brent McGillivray / Global News

SASKATOON – Medical patients can expect better life-saving service in rural Saskatchewan thanks to a new, larger hangar facility unveiled at the Saskatoon airport.

Officials say the hangar facility will improve workplace safety and ensure quicker response times.

“It’s wonderful that the people who provide this valuable care now have a better facility to support their work.  The demand for this service continues to grow, and we need to ensure that Air Ambulance can continue to meet the needs of Saskatchewan people,” said Saskatoon Health Region President and CEO Maura Davies.

The Lifeguard air ambulance program has grown from providing 991 flights in 2001 to about 1,500 flights in 2012 to 2013.

Along with the STARS helicopter team, they will continue providing emergency assistance for people too far from hospital-care.

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In February, Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) doubled its hours to 24/7 service out of the Saskatoon base and hired additional personnel.