The Peace River Regional District has announced a three-year financial commitment to the STARS air ambulance service.
On Thursday, the District pledged a total of $360,000 through 2012 to help support the ambulance service in the Peace River Region.
PRRD Chair Karen Goodings says STARS is an important service to the region, especially with so many industries located in remote areas.
Since January, STARS has received 13 calls that resulted in 6 missions in the B.C. Peace, according to Dr. Gregory Powell, the president and CEO of STARS.
However, he points out that STARS also functions as a patient transfer service, moving patients between hospitals so they can receive more specialized care.
The PRRD first gave $36,000 to the service in 2007 to help construct a helipad at the hospital in Grande Prairie, Alberta. In 2009, the District gave another $116,528 to STARS in the form of a grant.