Paramedic Students from Red River College Tour WAA Firetruck and STARS Air Ambulance
April 26, 2011
Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) and the crew from Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) hosted 42 paramedic students from Red River College for a tour on Thursday, April 21.
The tour began with WAA firefighters, Leah Kosolofski and Denny Black, speaking with students about their roles and responsibilites at the airport firehall. Leah and Denny explained the specialized equipment on-board airport firetrucks, as well as the training required to be an airport firefighter.
The WAA Fire Department provides fire protection services in the event of an aircraft incident or accident at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. Although that remains the main focus, the fire department also provides first responder medical services to airport users as well as the airport community, hazardous material response, initial response to structural buildings, fire prevention and inspection programs and offers fire and safety training programs. WAA maintains a staff of 16 professional firefighters and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Once the STARS helicopter touched down, students got a tour of the air ambulance and heard from the crew about their fulfilling careers in pre-hospital mobile emergency medical care. This was a unique opportunity for these aspiring paramedics as STARS is here from Alberta providing emergency medical response and assistance during the spring flood.
STARS is dedicated to providing a safe, rapid, highly specialized emergency medical transport system for the critically ill and injured. STARS is a charitable, non-profit organization that has responded to more than 20,000 emergencies since it began in 1985. The service responds to critically injured and ill patients, with approximately half of its missions being inter-hospital while the other half are on-scene calls such as on highways, in remote areas and industry work sites. It is the only civilian helicopter service that uses night-vision goggles, which can significantly increase the ability to locate and reach patients at night.
For more information about STARS, visit their website