Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) has signed a contract for four Leonardo AW139 Intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform a range of missions, primarily fire suppression, emergency medical services, and search and rescue. They will have special equipment, including a cargo hook, rescue hoist, and Bambi bucket, according to Leonardo.
The first helicopter is expected to be delivered from Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility in the third quarter of next year. The contract includes a comprehensive, five-year support, maintenance, and training package, as well as the possibility for a further extension to a total of 15 years.
Located along the southeast tip of the Florida peninsula, Miami-Dade is the most populous county in the state. It encompasses more than 2,000 square miles, with one-third of the county located in Everglades National Park.