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June 10, 2009

Currently emergency medical flights leave from the Provost airport to land near major hospitals in the downtown Edmonton area, but with a change of mind at city council in the province’s capital, planes could be diverted further away to the international airport beside Leduc. ©Provost News Photo.

Concern Here as Air Ambulance Trips May
be Diverted to International Airport
. . . Instead of Edmonton’s Downtown Airport Close to Major Hospitals
Head of the ambulance service in Provost, Pat Perkins says it’s important to maintain the City Centre Airport in Edmonton for emergency medical flights out of Provost to larger hospitals.

City council in Edmonton is debating the possible closure of the airport so that the land may be put to other uses.

Perkins says that there are estimated 12 to 20 people each year who use fixed wing aircraft out of the Provost hospital to Edmonton’s downtown airport which is closer to hospitals than the international airport.

It’s being proposed by some in Edmonton that the international airport near Leduc be used for the medivac flights instead of the one located right in Edmonton.

Perkins says that they call for the fixed wing aircraft in only the most serious cases such as severe trauma or heart attacks. Landing at the international airport with patients and then transferring them by helicopter or ground ambulance would add transport time she says.

Travelling by ground ambulance to an Edmonton hospital from Provost takes approximately two and one half hours, but that can be affected by traffic and weather conditions. “Anything faster is not safe” says Perkins.

The time by airplane, which includes getting a patient from the doors of the Provost Health Centre to an Edmonton hospital door, where there is more specialized equipment, takes approximately 45 minutes. “It does not take long.”

The total flying time would be approximately 20 minutes a Provost patient (the writer of this story) was told when he was in a twin engine plane to Edmonton during a night flight on February 8.

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Town’s Budget Increases with Help of Higher Property Assessments
Business and homeowners in Provost may have grimaced a little bit when they saw their tax assessment in their mailbox recently, but it’s not all bad news.

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Nick Waring of Amisk Club Has Top Animal at 4-H District Show
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "What’s Best About Being a Student?"
. . . and we heard answers from Summer Bosch, Kelsie Greenwood, Cheyenne Flad, Lainey Sware and Austin Klein. Check out the June 10 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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