New EHS LifeFlight Helicopters In Service
Health and Wellness
December 20, 2017 1:20 PM
Two new medical helicopters are now in service and able to land on hospital helipads.
LifeFlight is a vital part of Nova Scotia’s emergency medical services
and provides critical care to people all over the Maritimes,” said
Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “For EHS LifeFlight, time
matters. These new helicopters can get patients to hospital faster and
they have important equipment available to critical care teams when they
need it most.”
LifeFlight Tango and LifeFlight November are
Sikorsky S-76 C+ aircraft with innovative technology that exceeds any
emergency medical aircraft in use in Canada today. They have been
specifically designed, inside and out, for use by Nova Scotia’s critical
EHS LifeFlight responds to between 700 and 800
calls a year. With two helicopters, LifeFlight will be able to respond
more often because there will be minimal downtime for maintenance and
The new helicopters feature:
state-of-the-art navigation and communication systems that improve
safety, including automatic voice alerts, surveillance, and real-time
Environment Canada weather feed – the first of its kind in Canada
-- back-up life-saving equipment, like oxygen outlets and regulators, and a back-up generator to fuel that equipment
-- a night vision goggle-compatible cockpit
-- climate control that provides a better environment for the patient and crew.
is a great privilege for our medical and aviation teams to serve Nova
Scotians,” said Steve Crocker, critical care paramedic, LifeFlight. “The
new upgrades will better support everyone on the aircraft to provide
the high-quality critical care people have come to expect from
Earlier this year, government announced it had
reached an agreement with Canadian Helicopters Limited to outfit and
operate two new air ambulance helicopters. The 15-year contract is
valued at $105 million.
Nova Scotia is a Canadian leader in
emergency health services, and has been recognized by Sikorsky for 20
years and 17,000 hours of accident-free medical services with EHS
The new helicopters began service on Dec. 15.
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Two new medical helicopters are now in service and able to
land on hospital helipads.
LifeFlight Tango and LifeFlight November have innovative
technology that exceeds any emergency medical aircraft in use in
Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey says they get
patients to hospitals faster, and the equipment onboard is
designed so that critical care teams can provide better medical
care during the flight.
EHS LifeFlight was recently recognized by Sikorsky for 20
years of accident-free medical services.
The new helicopters began service on December 15th.
Media Contact: Tracy Barron