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DynCorp International Earns Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Award for Excellence

DynCorp International has earned the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) prestigious Diamond Award for Excellence for its support of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). DI flies and maintains Grumman S-2T fire retardant air tankers and OV-10A aircraft, and fully maintains and services civilian UH-1H Super Huey helicopters flown by CAL FIRE pilots.

The FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Award program is based entirely on the commitment of maintenance technicians to improve safety by actively participating in initial and recurring training programs to further their technical knowledge. The Diamond Award is the highest corporate award, and the program includes both individual and corporate recognition.

“Firefighting aircraft play a pivotal support role in helping our firefighters suppress California’s devastating wildfires,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE Director. “We are proud that our aviation management staff and DynCorp International mechanics maintain the largest wildland air fleet in the world with an award winning safety and maintenance program.”

The award recognizes 100-percent participation in training by Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics who complete FAA-certified training online and document completion of DI annual maintenance training. In addition to the Diamond Award, which is presented to the company, each mechanic receives an Aviation Maintenance Technician award based on the number of training hours logged.

“Receiving this award is an honor and reflects the exceptional maintenance performed by DI team members for CAL FIRE aircraft that are responsible for helping suppress and control wild land fires on more than 30 million acres of land. Each DI technician working in the CAL FIRE program is committed and dedicated to continuously improving their knowledge base,” said Jeffrey Cavarra, CAL FIRE program manager for DynCorp International.


The men and women of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) are dedicated to the fire protection and stewardship of over 31 million acres of California’s privately-owned wildlands. In addition, the department provides varied emergency services in 36 of the State’s 58 counties via contracts with local governments.

The department’s firefighters, fire engines, and aircraft respond to an average of more than 5,600 wildland fires each year. Those fires burn more than 172,000 acres annually.

CAL FIRE also addresses more than 350,000 non-fire-related emergencies each year. The department is always ready to respond – medical aids; hazardous material spills; swiftwater rescues; search and rescue missions; civil disturbances; train wrecks; floods, earthquakes and more.

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