DynCorp International has been awarded a subcontract to provide aerial firefighting support to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service in Australia. DI will perform as a subcontractor to Touchdown Helicopters of New South Wales, Australia.
“We are pleased that our commercial and international strategy has taken root and is gaining traction,” said Chris Bernhardt, president, DynCorp International. “This win shows how DynCorp International is taking a superior service that it currently offers the U.S. government – in this case, providing aerial firefighting support for the state of California and the U.S. Forest Service – and bringing that tradition of excellence to new commercial and international customers. We are proud to now call ourselves an international aerial firefighting company.”
Through this subcontract, DI will provide aircraft, pilots and an aircraft maintenance team to support the program’s UH-1H helicopters.
The subcontract has a one year base period, with two one-year options for a total potential value of $3.2 million.
Fighting Fires from Above
DI has supported the State of California’s aerial firefighting program, CAL FIRE, since 2001. DI team members serve as pilots and aircraft mechanics on S-2T air tankers, OV-10 air tactical aircraft, UH-1H Super Hueys, Cessna Skymasters and Beech Barons.
Most maintenance is performed at McClelland Park near Sacramento, California. During fire season, DI maintenance personnel and pilots are stationed at 13 air attack bases strategically located throughout California to help fight the state’s wildland fires, which average 4,800 annually.
DI also supports the U.S. Forest Service through the Firewatch program, which was developed to improve how wildland fires are managed and suppressed. Through this program, DI maintains and operates two high-tech helicopters, reconfigured Army AH-1/Bell 209 Cobra helicopters, with weapons systems removed. They have been rebuilt, rewired, and equipped with advanced systems that gather and transmit real-time information, improving operational efficiency and tactical decision-making. An infrared capability enables them to see through smoke so they can guide firefighters on the ground.
DI’s Firewatch teams are dispatched nationwide to support Firewatch missions wherever needed, and each team is equipped with a truck that tows the fuel service aircraft maintenance trailer.
In partnership with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, DI also maintains a UH-1H helicopter used primarily for daylight, aerial wildland fire suppression and occasional search and rescue operations.