28-Apr-2010 Source: Trinity Helicopters
Trinity Helicopters announced today the introduction of new, more effective firefighting technology to the North. Trinityâ€™s new fleet of Bell 407 helicopters dedicated to aerial firefighting will use the Absolute Fire Solutionsâ€™ product line, including its FAST Bucket and FASTtrack event logger, to make its fire suppression operations more effective. The sale is the first in a multiyear sale agreement which will see the entire fleet equipped with FAST technology.
The FAST Bucket incorporates a patented control system which distinguishes it from conventional bucket products by using the weight of the water or retardant to create and store hydraulic pressure for use in drop activation. This fundamental change has created new ultra-lightweight, low power features, including cockpit selectable automatic volume control (eliminating bucket cinching and â€œfixed-volumeâ€ fuel cycles), a gated drop capability which allows split drops on all sizes, and a line of simplified accessories that use the â€œweight of the waterâ€ concept to enhance performance.
â€œA lightweight bucket that incorporates cockpit volume control and multiple drops enables our pilots to apply more retardant on the fire more effectively, by increasing retardant loads as fuel is burnedâ€ says Rob Carroll, President of Trinity Helicopters. â€œCombining the increased performance with the ability of the FASTtrack system to log our drop locations and volumes and provide that valuable data to fire agencies exemplifies the kind of aggressive advances in service that Trinity wants to provide to its entire client baseâ€.
â€œAs a new player in the market, we have the luxury of choosing the most advanced, effective system for any applicationâ€, continues Carroll. â€œIn these times, all government agencies are watching carefully where and how they spend their money and fire suppression is no exception. We saw the opportunity to deliver increased fire suppression efficiency and performance by introducing the FAST system. Adopting this type of new technology to deliver increased service and performance will continue to be a key strategy for us going forward.
Steve Matthews, President of Absolute Fire Solutions comments on the sale, â€œThe agreement with Trinity continues our pattern of unique fleet upgrades. In Trinityâ€™s case, we were able to provide stocking and support arrangements which will allow them to respond very quickly to any unforeseen demand, and which provides them with multi-year pricing stability through our distributor, DART Helicopter Services.
About Trinity Helicopters
Trinity Helicopters is a Detonâ€™ Cho company. Trinity was established in 2009 as a joint venture between Detonâ€™Cho Cho Corp and three long-time Northerners, Rob Carroll, Kevin Lang and Geoff Furniss. Combined, the team has an average of 25 years experience in the helicopter industry in the North. Trinityâ€™s fleet consists of five state of the art Bell Helicopters. Detonâ€™Cho Corporation is the economic development arm of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. Established in 1988 with a $15,000 grant, the organization now includes more than a dozen subsidiaries with annual gross revenues of more than $30 million. Services provided by Detonâ€™Cho include a full-spectrum of mine related services, transportation, logistic services and expediting, the provision of human resource services and construction and management services.
About Absolute Fire Solutions
Absolute Fire Solutions (AFS) of Calgary, Canada, manufactures the FAST Bucket, the worldâ€™s first aerial firefighting bucket integrating cockpit volume control in every size. In its third year of operation, AFS has clients in 16 countries operating the full range of FAST Buckets and accessories, including FAST Fill, FAST Foam and FAST track. For more information about the innovative Absolute Fire Solutions product line, visit www.absolutefire.ca, or one of our worldwide distributors – AFS products are distributed commercially by DART Helicopter Services, www.darthelicopterservices.com, and to military and government agencies by Simplex Mfg., www.simplexmfg.com.