The Town of Peace River is concerned with Alberta Health Services proposed plans to change the Air Ambulance Services in northern Alberta.
Autumn Hulme with the Town of Peace River says AHS recently concluded contract negotiations with a preferred company for Air Ambulance Services with no base in Peace River.
She says without scheduled air services, the town would lose vital government funding, which helps maintain airport operations.
“The Airport Capital Assistance Program which basically grants us $ 2 million a year to maintain infrastructure at the Airport, so we are talking runways, the terminal building, all of that. An element of our eligibility for that funding is scheduled air service at the Airport. So without that we would eventually no longer qualify for this funding. ”
Hulme says the Town couldn’t make up the lost money elsewhere and would possibly be forced to stop airport services.
She adds, Peace River had no warning about the alterations.
“At no point did the AHS contact us to tell us that they were opening up the air ambulance program for RFP, that they were changing the scope of it from a four-year contract to a ten-year contract, that we could possibly lose scheduled air service. ”
She says if the proposed plans are approved, the new services would begin in September.