Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) Review

HEMS – An Alberta Solution

Helicopter air ambulances provide a vital service to Albertans across the province. As we review these services, we want your feedback to ensure that the needs of all Albertans are met in the most effective way possible.

Through a full review of Alberta’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) program we aim to more clearly define the role of HEMS providers, unify practices and procedures across the province, and determine the most effective funding model.

We want your input!

AHS wants to ensure that Albertans have a voice in the HEMS review.

Our Project team will be looking at standards (aviation and medical), governance (accountability framework) and the affordability/sustainability of HEMS in Alberta. Fixed-wing air ambulance services, ground EMS services, and Search & Rescue activities prior to medical transport are all excluded from this review.

Since launching the review on November 22, 2019, we have invited participation from stakeholders across the province. We have received many questions and are beginning to schedule meetings with stakeholders including providers, communities and other interested parties.

We welcome Albertans to contact us about exploring further engagement opportunities. Please email us at HEMSreview@ahs.ca to learn how you can take part.

HEMS – An Alberta Solution

Helicopter air ambulances provide a vital service to Albertans across the province. As we review these services, we want your feedback to ensure that the needs of all Albertans are met in the most effective way possible.

Through a full review of Alberta’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) program we aim to more clearly define the role of HEMS providers, unify practices and procedures across the province, and determine the most effective funding model.

We want your input!

AHS wants to ensure that Albertans have a voice in the HEMS review.

Our Project team will be looking at standards (aviation and medical), governance (accountability framework) and the affordability/sustainability of HEMS in Alberta. Fixed-wing air ambulance services, ground EMS services, and Search & Rescue activities prior to medical transport are all excluded from this review.

Since launching the review on November 22, 2019, we have invited participation from stakeholders across the province. We have received many questions and are beginning to schedule meetings with stakeholders including providers, communities and other interested parties.

We welcome Albertans to contact us about exploring further engagement opportunities. Please email us at HEMSreview@ahs.ca to learn how you can take part.

  • We encourage you to respond as we will be concluding this survey on Friday, February 28.  Watch for more questions in March.

    Helicopters used in Alberta for medical transport offer different services and have different clinical capabilities. (To learn more, click here.) Although different, all services play a valuable role. All helicopter medical transports must follow response criteria that considers safety, costs, other EMS resources and the likely benefit to the patient's clinical outcome.

    As we review our services to better serve Albertans, we want to hear what you think. Take our survey and share your views on

    We encourage you to respond as we will be concluding this survey on Friday, February 28.  Watch for more questions in March.

    Helicopters used in Alberta for medical transport offer different services and have different clinical capabilities. (To learn more, click here.) Although different, all services play a valuable role. All helicopter medical transports must follow response criteria that considers safety, costs, other EMS resources and the likely benefit to the patient's clinical outcome.

    As we review our services to better serve Albertans, we want to hear what you think. Take our survey and share your views on when HEMS should respond.


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