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PRESS RELEASE – 18 December 2017

Erickson Begins 20th Season of Fighting Fires in Australia.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Erickson Incorporated, a leading aerospace manufacturer and global aerial services company that has fought fires for nearly 50 years, has returned to serve the citizens of Australia for its 20th year. The October start of the fire season parallels the beginning of summer “Down Under,” and Erickson has six S-64 Aircranes located in or en route to Victoria, South Australia; New South Wales; and Perth, Western Australia. The National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) extended a contract to supply Aircranes for 2017-2018, through Australian partner Kestrel Aviation.
Erickson’s first season in Australia began in 1997, with a single aircraft in Melbourne, Victoria and continued to grow and evolve to the current partnership with Kestrel Aviation which serve four states through five bushfire agencies. Erickson is remembered for raising public and international awareness of aerial firefighting effectiveness with ‘Elvis’ during the critical fire campaigns of 2001 in New South Wales.(All Erickson Aircranes have a nickname painted across the nose of the aircraft.) Four Erickson employees have served for all 20 years of the contract and look forward to returning again this year.
Douglas Kitani, Erickson CEO and Director said, “Erickson has an outstanding reputation for having some of the most experienced pilots and maintenance crews in firefighting. We appreciate the trust of our agency customers in Australia and will endeavor to do our best for the people of Australia.”

PRESS RELEASE via HELIWEB – 13 January 2017

Toll Rescue Helicopter Service launched in Australia with eight AW139’s.

Toll, initially a transportation company has expanded their offerings recently to include helicopter operations as part of the company’s global expansion plans. Australia’s Toll Group has officially launched the Toll Rescue Helicopter Service in partnership with New South Wales (NSW) Ambulance to provide greater aeromedical services to communities of NSW in the Southern Zone. Patient rescue, retrieval and treatment services are now operating from the new Toll & NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter Base in Sydney. The new Southern Zone contract operated by Toll Helicopters will include rescue helicopter bases at Bankstown, Wollongong and Orange and Canberra. The Toll & NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter fleet is made up of eight new purpose-built best in class Agusta Westland 139 (AW139) helicopters, which deliver the latest in performance, safety and innovation – assisting NSW Ambulance helicopter doctors and paramedics to reach patients in remote areas, faster than ever before. This contact forms part of the NSW Government’s new $151.2 million state-wide Helicopter Retrieval Network. Under the NSW Government’s Reform Plan for Aeromedical (Rotary Wing) Retrieval Services in NSW, the state has been divided into two distinct aeromedical retrieval zones – the Northern Zone and Southern Zone.  “This contract represents the start of a long-term partnership to deliver world class aeromedical and rescue services to NSW. The communities of NSW and ACT can be assured that they have the safest and most capable aviation operation supporting their ambulance care. We have extensive experience in helicopter services, and our pilots and aircrew are some of the most highly experienced and trained aviation professionals in the country,”  said Mark Delany, General Manager Toll Helicopters.

Government welcomes new service provider.

“With a team of a NSW Ambulance doctor and paramedic, or a doctor and nurse, available for every flight, the new highly sophisticated fleet of Agusta Westland 139 helicopters will ensure we are even better equipped to care for communities of NSW, now and into the future,” said Commissioner Dominic Morgan, Chief Executive of the NSW Ambulance speaking on the new partnership between the New South Wales Government and Toll. The Aeromedical Crewing Excellence (ACE) Training Centre commenced operations in October 2016 and is one of the most advanced aeromedical training centres in the world. All Toll and NSW Ambulance staff will be trained to international best practise by utilising the most modern training programs, techniques and the latest simulation technology. While operationally the changes for NSW Ambulance aeromedical crew are minimal, the public should note the new helicopter fleet is white, with the NSW Ambulance roundel and not red and white as NSW Ambulance helicopters had been previously.