Nova Scotia reaches agreement for new EHS LifeFlight helicopters

The province says an agreement has been reached for two new air ambulance helicopters.

Nova Scotia currently has a single Sikorsky S-76 A helicopter, but it hasn't been able to land on helipads in Halifax and Digby due to a change in the application of Transport Canada regulations.

The province announced last month it would replace that chopper with two Sikorsky 76C+ helicopters, approved to land on H1 helipads.

The amended agreement is for 15 years and valued at $105 million, with the new helicopters in place for August 1st.

Government says with the addition of a second helicopter, an EHS LifeFlight helicopter will be available at least 98 percent of the time.

Currently, there is no backup helicopter during maintenance and LifeFlight is available about 70 per cent of the time.