Thu, Sep 04, 2008
Joins Model 212 Now In Service
Bell Helicopter announced the delivery Wednesday of a 412EP
model medium lift helicopter to the San Diego Fire-Rescue
Department, joining "Copter One," a Bell Model 212 currently
operated by the air support division.
The fire department says their new 412 will significantly
enhance the citizens of San Diego access to 24 hour, seven days a
week emergency response capability.
"This is a major milestone in our efforts to ensure that
residents have access to immediate and continuous aerial fire
suppression, rescue, and emergency medical services and has been a
top priority for the Fire-Rescue Department since the Cedar Fires,"
said Brian Fennessy, Deputy Fire Chief.
"We consider San Diego Fire-Rescue Department air operations to
be representative of the response to the growing need for medium
lift to support wildland-urban interface fires," added Bob
Fitzpatrick, senior vice president for Marketing and Sales at Bell.
"We are proud to have been chosen to fulfill this role, and look
forward to continuing to provide unequalled customer support to San
Diego's pilots and maintainers."
Mike Blake, executive vice president for Customer Solutions
added, "The Bell 412's reliability makes it an ideal helicopter for
this type of mission. When you need a helicopter that you know will
be able to perform day in and day out, people the world over count
The 412 remains a popular model in a wide range of market
segments. With its outstanding range and payload, the 412 has
proven to be highly sought after for not only fire fighting, but
missions supporting law enforcement, off shore oil exploration,
emergency medical transport and corporate transport.
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