The Polish Ministry of Health has signed a contract for 23 Eurocopter EC135 helicopters to serve its nationwide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) network. The aircraft will be delivered between 2009 and 2010. The state-of-the-art EC135s, which will replace an ageing fleet of Mi-2s, will enable Poland’s air rescue system to become fully compliant with European JAR OPS-3 standards and to offer to its population the world’s most widely used EMS helicopter of the new generation. An EC135 flight simulator is also part of the contract.
The selection of the EC135 follows an international tender, according to public procurement law, issued by the Polish Ministry of Health. After a highly professional evaluation process, Eurocopter’s offer was identified as the most advantageous and in line with the specifications for the nation’s EMS operations. The fleet of 23 helicopters will serve bases all over Poland and will be operated by the Ministry’s Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe (LPR) organization.
The LPR’s EC135s will be supported by Heli Invest of Warsaw, with whom Eurocopter has a Distributorship Agreement which includes the full scope of customer support services and maintenance under Part 145 regulations. Heli Invest’s service to LPR includes a 24/7 service hotline in Polish language, warranty support, full maintenance services as well as on-site customer support at the LPR’s bases all over the country.
With the EC135’s selection by the Polish Health Ministry, Poland will now be able to offer to its citizens the same high standard of helicopter emergency medical services as its neighbour countries in the European Union, notably Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.
According to Eurocopter