CHC Helicopter has signed a 21-month contract to provide the Australian Army with aeromedical evacuation (AME) and crash response support for deployments throughout Australia.
Commencing on October 1 2016, CHC currently provides search and rescue (SAR) services to the RAAF and will use that fleet of Sikorsky S-76s and Bell 412s to provide AME services to Army.
“We are honoured that Australian Army has chosen CHC to provide their AME and crash response support while their soldiers are on training deployment,” said CHC Regional Director Asia Pacific Nick Mair.
“CHC has long provided search and rescue support to RAAF and we are delighted to extend our services to the Australian Army. Our highly trained and experienced SAR/AME pilots, aircrew, engineers and ground operations team are looking forward to supporting Army over the coming months.”
The medical team for the contract, including a dedicated doctor and paramedic, will be provided by Medical Rescue Air Ambulance (MRAA), a current provider of CHC.
CHC provides its helicopters for SAR and aeromedical retrieval operations in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory.