MEDEVAC operation

Erickson Air-Crane’s (EAC) wholly-owned subsidiary Evergreen Helicopters has secured a contract for delivery of medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) service and support for the US Army.

Having a maximum potential value of over $10m, the contract covers provision of 24-hour-a-day, year-round air MEDEVAC and training for the US Army Garrison, Fort Wainwright and Fort Greenly in Alaska, US.

Specifically, the company will provide dedicated aircraft, management and supervision, personnel, equipment, supplies, materials, tools and transportation to the army.

The contract features a one year base performance period and one additional option year.

Erickson chief executive officer, Udo Rieder, said Evergreen has been flying in support of the MEDEVAC programme since its inception in 2008.

"Involving extreme cold weather operations, with temperatures as low as -40°F, the army MEDEVAC missions require unique tactical equipment."

”We are very proud to provide these essential MEDEVAC services to the men and women of the armed forces, and regard this contract as a prime example of our broad range of capabilities that can serve a diverse range of missions in any operational theatre around the globe,” Rieder said.

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Involving extreme cold weather operations, with temperatures as low as -40°F, the army MEDEVAC missions require unique tactical equipment, including night vision goggles (NVGs), rescue hoists and advanced life support systems aboard the aircraft, according to the company.

Evergreen Helicopters has also received a contract extension to a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price contract for delivery of rotary wing aerial services in support of air MEDEVAC and training for the army garrison in Hawaii, US.

Awarded by the army contracting command (ACC) in July 2013, the contract has a total value in excess of $10m.

Image: Evergreen Helicopters will provide air MEDEVAC support for US Army at Fort Wainwright and Fort Greenly in Alaska, US. Photo: courtesy of US Army.

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