The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has awarded Coulson Aviation PTY a contract for the operation and maintenance of the state’s B-412 helicopters, as part of a previously existing 10-year contract with Coulson. The RFS recently acquired two B-412s that are in the process of getting outfitted with new avionics, mission equipment, and paint. They are expected to be operational by Australia’s summer.
In May, 2019 the RFS purchased a Boeing 737 Fireliner air tanker and two Cessna Citation V Lead/Intelligence Aircraft from Coulson. They were accompanied by a ten-year operational contract for the company to provide all flight and maintenance personal.
Coulson Aviation PTY has also moved its Australian headquarters from Melbourne to the Sydney area at Bankstown, securing a 1,114 square meter (11,990 square feet) hanger facility. The new Australian home base means Coulson Aviation can leave the S61 firebombing helicopter fleet in Australia year-round to support any operational needs as they arise.
Coulson Group Co-President Foster Coulson said Australia was a second home for the company and many of the team members who worked with them given a long-standing 19-year firefighting partnership across multiple states.
The Sydney area was a logical base with the long-term NSW contract commitment in place. “Coulson Aviation has more than 36 years in aerial fire suppression across the globe, and we are proud to continue supporting NSW RFS with essential services during bushfire seasons,” Foster Coulson said.
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