Australian Helicopters has been awarded a three-year contract extension to continue operating South Australia’s State Rescue Helicopter Service (SRHS) shared by the state’s ambulance, police and fire services.
“Australian Helicopters has successfully delivered a reliable rescue helicopter operation for the South Australian community for over 10 years and we are extremely pleased to be able to continue our work here,” said John Boag, managing director of Australian Helicopters.
“The extension of the contract recognised the confidence placed in the company’s ability to deliver helicopter operations to meet the needs of the SRHS.”
Operating the SRHS from its purpose-built facility at Adelaide Airport, the contract extension will see Australian Helicopters upgrade the avionics in its existing EC130 and Bell 412 and configure them for the installation of a new FLIR imaging system.
The services’ BK117 will also be replaced with another Bell 412 during the first half of 2016.
The SA government has also extended its existing agreement with the Motor Accident Commission for its sponsorship of the SRHS.