The Victorian Government and Ambulance Victoria awarded Australian Helicopters with a 10-year contract to supply new AgustaWestland AW139s. The agreement also includes a dedicated back-up aircraft to maintain services when heavy aircraft maintenance is required.
Australian Helicopters currently operates two of the five Ambulance Victoria air ambulance helicopters, based in Warrnambool and Melbourne, and has supplied the service for the past five years. The new helicopters are expected to become operational in January 2016 and will be located at bases in Essendon, Warrnambool, the Latrobe Valley and Bendigo.
Over the past 12 months, Australian Helicopters have been awarded tenders for the National Aerial Firefighting Centre delivered through the South Australian Country Fire Service, the Central Queensland Rescue Service in Mackay and the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service in Rockhampton, both part of the Queensland Government’s Emergency Helicopter Network.
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