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Rural areas need STARS

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A STARS helicopter sits on a remote island in the Whiteshell.

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In his letter STARS not needed (Feb. 8), Darrell Horn states southern Manitoba does not fit the scenarios where helicopter evacuations make sense.

What about isolated rural areas? As a rural fire chief, I invite Mr. Horn to join my volunteer firefighters at a multiple-casualty motor-vehicle accident while we wait for ambulances to arrive from several towns.

He can then anguish over the patients' conditions while they make the 90-minute (or longer) trip to Winnipeg. Maybe then he would realize the southern Manitoba he claims to know is vastly different from Winnipeg, where he can have an ambulance at his door in less than 10 minutes, and be at an emergency ward in another 20.

Maybe then he would realize southern Manitoba needs STARS.

 

NEIL YOUNG

Cypress River

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 14, 2014 A10

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