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Helijet awarded contract extension for helicopter ambulance service

Helijet International Inc. has been awarded a two-year extension to its existing British Columbia Air Ambulance helicopter contract.


September 20, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

RICHMOND, BC, – Sept. 4, 2007 – Helijet International Inc. has been awarded a two-year extension to its existing British Columbia Air Ambulance helicopter contract. The contract has an estimated value of $10 million.

Although the final terms of the extension will be negotiated in the coming months, the contract extension means Helijet will continue to operate two dedicated air medical helicopters for the Province of British Columbia into September, 2010.

Both helicopters will continue to be based at Helijet’s hangar at Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal and will be used primarily for critical care patient transfers between communities and greater Vancouver critical care centres. The helicopters and their crew will be on call 24/7 year-round.

“We’re proud to work with the BC Air Ambulance Service and help deliver critical health care service to people in every corner of the province,” said Danny Sitnam, president and CEO. “The patients we transfer every day are some of the most vulnerable passengers in BC. That’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly.”

Every year, Helijet air ambulance pilots and BC Ambulance Service paramedics provide air medical transfers and critical care for approximately 600 adult and infant patients on Vancouver Island and in South Western BC.

Helijet international is a Canadian-owned company and is North America’s largest scheduled helicopter service, as well as a significant provider to British Columbia’s air medical services. Helijet is celebrating its 20th anniversary in business and has won numerous awards for outstanding customer service and safety standards.