3-Sep-2013 Source: Erickson Air-Crane
Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated EAC -0.71% , a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, and the vertically-integrated manufacturer and operator of the powerful heavy-lift Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter, announced today that it has signed a contract with Los Angeles County. The contract, which has an annual value of approximately $2.7 million, is for the provision of aerial firefighting services and standby availability, along with the personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance, and supervision necessary to support operations.
The three-year agreement includes two optional years thereafter, and is for wildland firefighting during a 120-day service period which was scheduled to begin August 15th, 2013. The company noted that, due to extreme fire conditions and the subsequent potential for devastating wildfires, Erickson has honored requests by both LA County and the US Forest Service to provide early starts to several helitanker contracts.
The greater Los Angeles area is one of the most populous and high-value regions in the United States, but also one of the most fire-prone. Udo Rieder, Chief Executive Officer of Erickson, commented, “Los Angeles firefighting agencies are among the very best in the world. Erickson is proud to partner with Los Angeles County – an acknowledged leader and innovator in the firefighting field – to save lives and resources.”
Erickson will provide one S-64 helicopter equipped with the Company’s proprietary, 2,650-gallon fire suppression system, a detachable water tank with multiple refill options and eight coverage levels for targeted fire suppression. Van Nuys airport will serve as the staging area for the S-64 helitanker, as well as an additional S-64 stationed for urban firefighting on a contract with Los Angeles City, both of which will be available for fire suppression efforts at all times during the contractual service periods.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby added, “The Los Angeles County Fire Department is pleased to have secured its second five-year lease agreement with Erickson, as both the fire department and the residents we serve value the exemplary service and commitment to excellence that makes Erickson a leader in aerial firefighting services.”
Rieder concluded, “Erickson has continuously partnered with Los Angeles regional firefighting authorities since 2000, and we are pleased to maintain these important relationships.”
About Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated
Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated is a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers. The Company currently operates a diverse fleet of 85 rotary-wing and fixed wing aircraft, including a fleet of 20 heavy-lift S-64 Aircranes. This fleet supports a wide and worldwide variety of government and commercial customers, across a broad range of aerial services, including critical supply and logistics for deployed military forces, humanitarian relief, firefighting, timber harvesting, infrastructure construction, and crewing. The Company also maintains a vertical manufacturing capability for the S-64 Aircrane, related components, and other aftermarket support and maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for the Aircrane and other aircraft.
Founded in 1971, Erickson Air-Crane is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and maintains facilities and operations in North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please visit www.ericksonaircrane.com