Air Ambulance services routinely provide residents and visitors on the Peninsula with air transportation to hospitals when a medical emergency arises which can not be treated at local hospitals.
Coast Guard equipment at Wiarton Keppel International Airport helps keep everyone on the water safe by tracking location/movements of vessels and transmitting this data to on-board navigation devices and receives distress signals from recreational and commercial vessels.
Recreational expeditions can quickly turn into a deadly situation. Search & Rescue Aircraft depend on local airports for fuel, and for accessing an ambulance, EMS and quick transfer to a hospital if medical attention is required.
Local airports are vital in the event of a natural or man made disaster (such as fires, nuclear accidents or other weather phenomena). In such an emergency our local airport serves the community on several levels. The airport is able to facilitate a mass evacuation, be utilized as a base of operations or temporary shelter, and may be the only access for incoming supplies.
Each aircraft that lands at a local airport brings people to the community. These visitors patronize businesses and utilize services during their visit, both in the immediate vicinity of the airport and in neighboring communities in Grey Bruce Counties. The local economy also benefits from goods and services being transported by air into and out of our community.
WKIA weather station issues constant data for Environment Canada forecasts. Digitized equipment instantly reports significant changes in weather conditions for up to 500 Canadian and US commercial, military and recreational aircraft flying through this corridor (between Pearson Intl. and Sault St. Marie Airports). Observations are reported every 6 hrs. for the World Meteorological Organization .
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