South Peace News
Big Lakes County has committed annual funding to STARS air ambulance service for four more years.
At is meeting March 10, council approved a recommendation to pledge $25,000 a year to sponsor STARS [Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society] for four years starting in 2022.
Council members value the service of STARS in the region.
Reeve Ken Matthews says “25,000 to save lives is cheap”.
“They are a very important part of our health system.”
Prairie Echo – Salt Prairie Councillor David Marx spokes against the recommendation. He says it could leave council in a bind as they face potential financial challenges in the next few years.
Big Lakes has financially supported STARS for 14 years and has contributed $25,000 a year for the past few years after a long-term commitment in 2017.
Council passed a motion to also pledge $25,000 for 2021.
“We are truly grateful for municipal partners like Big Lakes County,” says Glenda Farnden, STARS senior municipal relations liaison.