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MedicAir Needs Funding

The Helicopter Airlift Operation (HALO), which services more than 50 communities in southeast Alberta in a 40,000 square kilometer range of Medicine Hat, may soon be out of commission.

The operation costs roughly $70,000 a month to operate, and unfortunately the Alberta government does not provide any funding, leaving the helicopter operable solely by the donations of local businesses.

HALO is seeking at least $70,000 per month to stay in operation, otherwise the service may be grounded as early as September, costing lives of patients who would live too far from a hospital to receive care in the event of an emergency.

More information be found on their website at

Rescue helicopter could be grounded by Tenille Tellman – Medicine Hat News

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