Challenge

The country had invested in fixed wing aircraft for firefighting, but found they needed to be nimble in their approach to purchasing aircraft vs. leasing aircraft, while using modern and well-maintained equipment. In purchasing aircraft, they would be responsible for the crews and maintenance. In leasing aircraft, crews and maintenance are included. Greece needs aerial firefighting, assets and crew, on an annual basis starting in May and running through the end of October.  

industry
  • Global OEM Capabilities
  • Aerial Firefighting
services
  • Civil Aviation Services
location
  • Greece

Solution

Erickson, Inc., in partnership with AK Aviation Support Services, offers a contracted turnkey solution that includes the supply of the S-64 Air Crane® Helicopter with pilots, maintenance crew, and on-site management for 120 days (about four months) during fire season in Greece. Contingent on geographic risk, the aircraft is strategically placed throughout the country, with single aircraft in some locations, and multiple aircraft in others. The signature equipment on the S-64 includes mission-specific aerial firefighting items like the sea snorkel, pond snorkel, and fire tank. The tanks can hold up to 2,650 gallons (10,000 liters (about the volume of a storage unit) of water or retardant with foam injection capability. The equipment, along with highly skilled staff, are at-the-ready when a fire call comes in. They can work directly with ground firefighters to help drop thousands of gallons of water onto fast-moving fires. Additionally, the maintenance crews prepare and maintain the aircraft so that they can offer a >90% Operational Readiness Rate (ORR). The in-country project manager, and the manager of aerial systems, stationed in the United States, work in tandem to ensure that all support crew are housed on-site and are prepared to go to a fire as needed. Gary Harmon, on-site in Greece manages the project from April – September. He said they have had success in Greece because, “primarily we are on contract; we are well organized with our logistics team, and the crews are well versed in the Greek operations.” Erickson is providing a total custom solution to the country of Greece, and to many other countries as well during their fire seasons.  

Results

 

Aircraft

 

Total crew and support