HALO is pleased to offer the only dedicated medivac helicopter for southern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan. It is a much-needed contribution to the already established air and Alberta Health Services EMS ground ambulances. The availability of the helicopter improves response time to trauma victims in remote or inaccessible areas and increases our coverage area for delivering Qualitative Medical Care.
Boundaries of the former Palliser Health Region encompasses in excess of an awe-inspiring 50,000 square kilometers. The remoteness of our region, the lack of landing strips, and the limited availability of other emergency air rescue helicopters was the impetus for HALO (previously known as the Southern Alberta MedicAir Society) to begin planning and fundraising for their dream of having a dedicated medical rescue helicopter for the south-east corner of Alberta. In July of 2007, our dream became a reality. In 2018 HALO introduced a twin-engine helicopter, which will enable us to better meet the requirements of the Air Ambulance designation. This new helicopter substantively increases the service level to all citizens within our service area, however, it also more than doubles the costs to the program.
HALO has been funded exclusively through the donations of private individuals and responsible corporate partners.