Ornge and Fanshawe College Press Release

Ornge donates decommissioned helicopter to Fanshawe College

May 3, 2018

3 May, 2018


London, Ontario

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Ornge Media

(London, Ontario) – At a special event today, Ornge announced the donation of a decommissioned Sikorsky S-76A helicopter to Fanshawe that will directly benefit nearly 300 students in the College’s School of Public Safety and the Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology.

Paramedic and Advanced Care Paramedic students in the School of Public Safety will use the helicopter in simulated exercises to reinforce air ambulance transportation, landing zones and safe practices during patient transfers. Fanshawe’s aviation students in the Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology will learn from the removed rotor hub and transmission as teaching aids.

“This helicopter will be a tremendous asset in reinforcing theory, while providing our students with real-life simulations for better experiential learning,” said Peter Devlin, President of Fanshawe College. “We thank Ornge for its generous corporate commitment, which allows us to attract top-notch students to our leading-edge programs in both of these Schools.”

“With the donation of this aircraft, we know that countless students will have the opportunity to learn and train on a helicopter with a distinguished history. We are hoping that some of these students will aspire to work for Ornge in support of our very important mission serving the people of Ontario and apply what they’ve learned to our operation,” says Rob Giguere, Ornge Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO. “During its time with Ornge, this aircraft was used to transport thousands of patients to safe and timely care.”

In the future, Fanshawe plans to extend training opportunities using the helicopter to all community paramedic services, fire departments and police services.

For further information, please contact:
Karrie Burke
Corporate Communications Officer
Fanshawe College
W: 519-452-4493 | C: 226-234-5759
Ornge Media

About Ornge
Ornge is a vital part of Ontario’s health care system, providing high quality air ambulance service and medical transport to people who are critically ill or injured. In the air or on the ground, their job is to be there for patients so they can get safe and timely care, transport and access to health services they need.

About Fanshawe College
Fanshawe College is one of Ontario’s largest colleges, serving students with a promise to educate, engage, empower and excite. For more than 50 years, Fanshawe has been helping people to unlock their potential and achieve success. The College attracts students from 80 countries every year and opens up a world of possibilities through more than 200 degree, diploma and certificate programs, along with apprenticeship training.



Don Benedict
A tremendous corporate donation from Ornge who always supported our Paramedic Program as well at Confederation College. It might be an idea to also consider another corporate donation of another decommissioned helicopter to Confederation College as they have an identical course load set up as Fanshawe College and would have an equal benefit.

I was a Critical Care Paramedic for many years on Bandage Three in Thunder Bay. I also was a Coordinator if the Paramedic Program at Confederation College here in Thunder Bay. We very much depend on our corporate sponsors making donations like this enhancing our Paramedic Program here.

Superior North EMS is a huge supporter as well to our Paramedic Program and has donated a lot of equipment and at least decommissioned two ambulances. I can’t tell you the joy of both the students and staff at being able to utilize equipment like these huge donations.

I look at the Paramedic Program today in how much it has improved throughout the years. It is truly mind boggling at so many improvement in so many ways. Thank you again ORNGE AIR AMBULANCE for your corporate support of our community college programs.
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