Ornge is Canada’s leader in aero medical transport and provides comprehensive, door-to-door service to Ontario’s critical care patients wherever they may reside in the province’s one million square kilometre area.
Teams of flight paramedics and paediatric transport paramedics work round-the-clock. These specialists have ready access via a satellite-based radio system to Transport Medicine Physicians on the ground for consultation and to receive medical orders. The result: rapid-response on-board medical care that works for all residents of Ontario, regardless of where they live, when they need it.
Ornge’s decision to purchase our own aircraft is to improve and enhance transport medicine services for Ontario patients and particularly for those patients living in the North. This decision was driven by the need to provide more transport medicine services for patients and also for the need to update the aging fleet of aircraft that was is currently being used for transports.
This includes operating ten Agusta Westland AW139 helicopters and owning and operating ten Pilatus PC-12 Next Generation airplanes. Ornge Air began providing patient transports in the new Pilatus PC-12 airplanes in Thunder Bay (August 2009) and has seen expanded to Sioux Lookout (September 2009) and Timmins (October 2009). The Ornge airplanes are dedicated aircraft outfitted to provide advanced and critical care levels of medical care to patients.