April 12, 2021

Saskatchewan Air Ambulance Celebrates 75 Years of Saving Lives

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Saskatchewan Air Ambulance, the oldest, non-military, government air ambulance in the world.  The vital, emergency response service flies people inside and, on occasion, outside the province to receive the appropriate medical care they need.

"Saskatchewan Air Ambulance provides a critical service for the people of the province," SaskBuilds and Procurement Minister Jim Reiter said.  "It has a unique and rich history dating back to 1946 and is a lifeline for all corners of Saskatchewan."

To celebrate this milestone, the Government of Saskatchewan is featuring videos, photos and stories on Saskatchewan.ca and social media accounts from April 12-16, 2021.

These stories give a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the people who keep Saskatchewan Air Ambulance flying high and saving lives.

"Saskatchewan Air Ambulance has been a great partner helping us provide high quality care to the people of this province," Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone said.  "This anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the lives they have saved and the critical role they play helping ensure we can get to every corner of this province to help Saskatchewan residents when they are most in need."

Since 1946, Saskatchewan Air Ambulance has transported more than 71,000 patients and currently averages approximately 110 flights per month.  Two out of three patient transports are triaged as urgent or emergent requiring critical care, meaning they are in the highest need when Air Ambulance arrives.  Medical crews are experienced and highly trained to provide critical care for any patient.

Read the first of five Saskatchewan Air Ambulance celebration stories on Saskatchewan.ca at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/our-stories/saskatchewan-air-ambulance-celebrates-75-years-of-saving-lives.