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Air Ambulance open house held at Assiniboia Airport

The Saskatchewan Air Ambulance Service has been in the skies since 1946 providing that help when it's needed most.

ASSINIBOIA - An air ambulance strategic display open house at the Assiniboia Airport. This event highlighted the importance of the air ambulance to the front lines of Assiniboia residents and surrounding communities minds.

Medical emergencies are one of the most frightening moments in a person’s life. Getting help quickly is often the difference between life and death. The Saskatchewan Air Ambulance Service has been in the skies since 1946 providing that help when its needed most.

Their Beechcraft King Air 200 has the capability of 275 knots (529 Km/h) to an altitude of 35,000 feet with a trip range of 500 Nautical Miles.

It includes cabin space for two pilots and up to four medical personnel, it can accommodate two stretchers or two incubators and is dispatched from the Saskatoon Airport with a 911 call. Depending on the severity of the emergency and location the decision is made whether it needs to be STARS or the Saskatchewan Air Ambulance. Both programs are 100 per cent funded by the government.