Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, announced on 12 February that it had issued a request for information (RFI) for helicopter fleet renewal.
The company said that as part of its three-year strategic plan, it has been assessing whether the organisation has the most effective and efficient aircraft for its mission moving forward. While the current fleet of helicopters is safe and meets high standards for patient care, Ornge said the RFI will allow it to analyse whether the current AW139 model helicopters are the optimal aircraft to serve patients, or whether other alternatives exist that would provide enhanced patient care and better value for money.
“The best way to determine whether a different model of helicopter would be better suited to Ornge’s mission is to go the market in a formal way and learn what our alternatives may be,” said Dr Andrew McCallum, president and CEO of Ornge. “Our intention is to investigate the market and gather information on available rotor-wing aircraft that may be suitable for use in delivering reliable, responsive, and efficient air ambulance services.”
The RFI is being conducted in an open and transparent fashion, respecting government procurement guidelines and the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, said Ornge. The company added that if the information gathered indicated fleet renewal would be beneficial, an additional procurement process will follow, with funding raised through the sale or trade-in of the current fleet.
View the request for information on MERX.