Discovery Air subsidiary awarded fire services contract
March 16, 2010, Yellowknife, N.W.T. - Discovery Air Inc. announced Tuesday that its Hicks & Lawrence subsidiary has signed a new five year contract with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) to provide twenty aircraft in support of the OMNR's forest fire management and air transport/utility requirements.
Tom Ball, the OMNR's Provincial Aerial Operations Coordinator, commented that "Hicks & Lawrence was successful in obtaining a 5 year contract to provide Forest Fire Birddog, Aerial Fire Detection and Transport Services. They have been able to adapt to changing operational standards over the years and the serviceability of their aircraft continues to meet the high standards established by both Hicks & Lawrence and the Crown."
"We are extremely pleased with this contract award, which attests to our long-term track record in meeting the OMNR's needs and to our continuing ability to provide our customers, including the OMNR, with safe and professional air services," noted Mark Hill, Hicks & Lawrence's President. Discovery Air's President and CEO Dave Jennings commented that "This contract award is a great example of how Discovery Air develops profitable solutions that meet its customers' objectives. The renewal contract ensures that the Province of Ontario will continue to benefit from the full-time commitment of a team of experienced Hicks & Lawrence personnel and aircraft to meet provincial forest fire management requirements in a cost-effective manner. From Discovery Air's perspective, it provides enhanced revenue certainty for Hicks
& Lawrence while still leaving upside potential depending on fire conditions."
Hicks & Lawrence is organized into two divisions, Fire and Air Charter. The Fire division is a primary supplier of Airborne Fire Management services to the OMNR. The Air Charter division provides charter services to various government agencies and corporate customers throughout Northern Ontario and Eastern Manitoba.