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PRRD pledges $360k to STARS

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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.

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PRRD Chair Karen Goodings says STARS is an important service to the region, especially with so many industries located in remote areas.

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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.

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