Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services and Australian partner Kestrel Aviation Ltd., have been awarded a two-year contract extension to provide wildland firefighting helicopter services in Australia.
Kestrel Aviation, based in Victoria, Australia and Erickson have been awarded a multi-year extension for six S-64E Aircrane helicopters to be used throughout Australia to provide aerial fire suppression during Australia’s severe bushfire seasons. The contract is valued at $24 million, and represents a continuation of Erickson’s 20-year history of being the premier provider of heavy-lift helicopters for wildfire protection in Australia. Under the agreement, Kestrel and Erickson will provide S-64 Helitankers at up to six different locations throughout Australia for rapid response to threatening bushfires during the October to March fire season.
“We have been contracted through Kestrel Aviation to the National Aerial Firefighting Center for the past three years with six Aircranes, and the state fire agencies in Australia have been very pleased with our performance. This is an important continuation of our firefighting operations throughout Australia; it is a mission we are proud to perform and one we take very seriously on behalf of the citizens of Australia,” said Andy Mills, Vice President of Global Business Development. Rob Lewis, Vice President of Erickson’s Civil Business comments, “Erickson has more than 20 years of firefighting experience in Australia and our crews and pilots—as well as the company as a whole—take a great deal of pride in the special relationship we share with the Australian leadership and community. We appreciate their vote of confidence.”