Erickson has been awarded two exclusive-use contracts with the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources for wildfire suppression. Under the contracts, announced on March 22, Erickson will provide two medium-lift helicopters, one of which will be based in Palmer and another in Fairbanks. The contracts are for one year, with four additional option years.
Jeff Roberts, President and CEO of Erickson, said: “Erickson has supported fire suppression efforts in Palmer and Fairbanks for more than 15 years. We have more than 55 years of experience in Alaska and currently support facilities in Anchorage, Deadhorse, Nome and the Kenai Peninsula, and we are pleased to continue being a part of protecting people and property from woodland wildfire. Alaska is an important strategic market to us and we look forward to expanding our presence in the state.”
Over the years, Erickson’s Alaska operations have supported a variety of industries. The company has provided transport of passengers and cargo for near-shore oil and gas customers in the Cook Inlet and North Slope as well as provided an aerial school bus for rural students. In Nome, Erickson transports residents to the Western-most point of the United States, the island of Little Diomede. Additionally, the company has worked on utility and infrastructure construction outside of Anchorage.
Erickson is a leader in aerial firefighting in the United States, Australia, Greece and Turkey. Alan Warnes