A Saskatchewan Air Ambulance flight made history on August 3, as the organization’s first all-female crew took to the air.
Flight nurse Crystal Lybeck, paramedic Jen Rondeau, and pilots Tamara Kulyk and Carly St. Onge flew north to help an adult male in respiratory distress on that night.
“It was fun and exciting when we arrived here (at the hanger) and realized we were an all-female crew,” said Rondeau to media on August 6. “We could have planned it three years ago, but we just kind of let it happen, and on Friday night, we realized we were all scheduled together.”
It was a proud moment for the crew, who work in mostly male-dominated fields.
Though the women have all worked together before, this was the first time in SAA history that all four crew members on a flight have been women. It likely won’t be the last.
“It was nice for it to happen organically, because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter that we’re all women. We’re just pilots, and nurses, and paramedics, and we’re here to do our job,” said Kulyk.
Saskatchewan Air Ambulance’s first all-female flight crew (from left): Crystal Lybeck, flight nurse; Tamara Kulyk, pilot; Carly St. Onge, pilot; Jen Rondeau, paramedic.