Kestrel awarded fire contracts in Victoria
Kestrel Aviation has been awarded seven more National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) contracts for Bell type 2 helicopters for service for the Victorian Government fire contracts. These seven services will be Helitack 330, Helitack 331, Helitack 332, Helitack 333, Helitack 337 (Bell 212s) and Helitack 334 and Helitack 346 two Bell 412s, this adds to the current fleet of six Air Cranes and three longrangers on Contract to NAFC.
“Kestrel is committed to serving the community of Victoria as part of the latest fleet acquisition by NAFC for the Victorian Government” says Ray Cronin (Managing Director) “Kestrel have spent many years building the company’s capacity and facilities to the level that they are at today and are confident in our ability to support the community when needed” .
Kestrel with their 16 contracted services providing Aerial fire fighting capacity to four States cover the range from the very large Air Crane capacity helicopters, the medium capacity helicopters and three of the light Air Attack helicopter platforms and are one of the largest operators in this field of aviation in Australia.
This year Victoria is affected by an El Nino weather pattern and will experience drier and warmer than average conditions, no doubt the large fleet of helicopters and aircraft engaged by Victoria will go a long way to assisting with the potential suppression of wild fire activity.