After over a year without air ambulance services, Grand Manan will have an aircraft stationed on the island beginning in the fall, according to a Department of Health news release Thursday.
It will be the first permanent aircraft to be stationed on the island since medevac services were lost in 2022 after changes to Transport Canada regulations led to the loss of a contract with Ambulance New Brunswick.
Municipality mayor Bonnie Morse welcomes the development.
“This has been something that we have been in discussions with the Department of Health and Ambulance New Brunswick … for well over a year now. So it’s something we’ve been advocating for a long time,” Morse said.
According to the release, Ambulance New Brunswick signed a contract with Voyageur Aviation to bring the aircraft to the island.
Ambulance N.B. currently operates a primary aircraft and a mechanical backup, both of which are King Air 200 models. The new Grand Manan aircraft will also be a King Air 200.
Until the new aircraft is stationed on Grand Manan, Ambulance N.B. “will continue to collaborate with Voyageur Aviation to maximize usage of the backup aircraft to support services on Grand Manan. This temporary measure is expected to be partially operational starting in March,” said the release.
Morse said the absence of a permanent air ambulance caused anxiety in the