The United States Forest Service (USFS) has awarded 40% of all Type One, large helicopters exclusive use contracts, to K-MAX helicopter operators. The four-year contact ensures that immediate resources are on standby to the USFS when the need for firefighting is required.
“We are very excited to operate our K-MAX helicopters to support the USFS, it’s a great platform with a proven historical record”
ROTAK Helicopter Services has been selected to provide two of the exclusive use Type One helicopters for wildfire suppression. “We are very excited to operate our K-MAX helicopters to support the USFS, it’s a great platform with a proven historical record,” said Ely Woods, General Manager, ROTAK Helicopter Services, Alaskan based helicopter operator specialising in aerial construction activities, wildfire suppression, disaster relief, and power line construction.
“Kaman is honoured to provide a product that allows K-MAX operators to successfully support the USFS firefighting operations and our employees are proud of the role the K-MAX plays in reducing personal loss to all Americans who are impacted by wildfires. We stand by with parts and support to ensure our operators are available to aid the USFS in this critical function,” said Darlene Smith, Vice President and General Manager of the Kaman Air Vehicles division.