Alaskan officials opt for Erickson medium-lift helicopters for fire suppression
PORTLAND, Ore., 24 March 2016. Erickson Inc. (NASDAQ:EAC), a global provider of aviation services in Portland, Oregon, won two exclusive-use contracts with the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources for wildfire suppression. Under the contracts – for one year with four additional option years – Erickson will provide two medium-lift helicopters: one based in Palmer and another in Fairbanks.
PORTLAND, Ore., 24 March 2016. Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a global provider of aviation services in Portland, Oregon, won two exclusive-use contracts with the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources for wildfire suppression. Under the contracts – for one year with four additional option years – Erickson will provide two medium-lift helicopters: one based in Palmer and another in Fairbanks.
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Over the years, Erickson’s Alaska operations have supported a variety of industries. The company has provided transport of passengers and cargo for near-shore oil and gas customers in the Cook Inlet and North Slope as well as provided an aerial school bus for rural students. In Nome, Erickson transports residents to the Western-most point of the United States, the island of Little Diomede. The company also has worked on utility and infrastructure construction outside of Anchorage.
“Erickson has supported fire suppression efforts in Palmer and Fairbanks for more than 15 years,” says Erickson Inc. President/CEO Jeff Roberts. “We have more than 55 years of experience in Alaska, and currently support facilities in Anchorage, Deadhorse, Nome and the Kenai Peninsula, and we are pleased to continue being a part of protecting people and property from woodland wildfire. Alaska is an important strategic market to us and we look forward to expanding our presence in the state.”
Erickson supports aerial firefighting in the United States, Australia, Greece, and Turkey.
Erickson is a global provider of aviation services and operates, maintains, and manufactures utility aircraft to safely transport and place people and cargo around the world. The Company is self-reliant, multifaceted and operates in remote locations under challenging conditions specializing in Global Defense and Security, Manufacturing and MRO, and Commercial Services (comprised of firefighting, HVAC, power line, construction, timber harvesting, oil and gas and specialty lift). Erickson operates a fleet of approximately 80 aircraft, is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and operates in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Australia.
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