By: The Working Forest Staff
Discovery Air Fire Services Inc. (“DAFS”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., announced today that it has signed a new agreement with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (“OMNRF”) to provide Birddog Aircraft Services and Detection Aircraft Services (including Detection Observers) in support of the OMNRF’s forest fire management requirements.
This new agreement will provide the firefighting teams in Ontario with enhanced capabilities and technology. On average, Ontario experiences more than 1,000 forest fires and 111,000 hectares burned annually and having the Birddog and detection services assists the OMNRF in achieving its fire management goals.
The President of DAFS, Mark Hill indicated that “We are very proud to have been selected as the service provider for this contract. Our commitment to excellent service and the upgrades to our fleet will allow us to continue our dedicated and professional approach to fire management for the people and resources of Northern Ontario. We are very much looking forward to the provision of services to the OMNRF throughout the next 7 years of the contract period.”
Discovery Air Fire Services is a Northern Ontario based aerial operations company which has been active in the Canadian Aviation industry for over 60 years. DAFS is focused on the provision of Airspace and Aircraft Management (Birddog) services as well as Aerial Fire Surveillance (Detection) services and Aerial Transport in support of the Province of Ontario’s Forest Fire Management Program. In addition it has an Imaging Division that provides low level infrared services as well as fixed wing multispectral services.
ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES
Discovery Air provides safe and reliable aviation and logistics services in challenging environments. We operate over 160 aircraft with our 850 team members, delivering airborne training to international militaries; medevac equipped aircraft services; airborne fire services; helicopter operations; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.
Discovery Air’s Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).