A fatality inquiry judge has said that not having a landing pad for emergency air vehicles is undermining the capabilities of an air ambulance service in albertas oilsands.
Provincial Court Judge, James Jacques, is recommending that government officals work quickly to fix the problem.
As of right now, air ambulances carrying injured people must land at the city’s airport, where patients are then able to be transferred by ground to the hospital.
This process can take up to 25 minutes and can be the difference between life or death for some patients.
Design work is currently done on the pad and alberta health services are hoping the project can be finished before the end of next year.