AgustaWestland, December 06, 2005 - AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, congratulates the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia for the courage and professionalism shown during the accomplishment of Search and Rescue missions performed with the A109 Power helicopter, in particular during the Tsunami disaster relief efforts. Accepting the award was Datò Hamzah bin Abu Bakar â€“ Fire & Rescue Department Director General.
The Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) received their two A109 Power helicopters in June 2003. The acquisition of the Power has allowed the Bomba to perform its demanding missions by virtue of the helicopter's performance and multi-role capability. The perfect combination of highly trained pilots and crews, together with the capabilities of the A109 Power allowed the Bomba Air Unit to rescue victims of accidents in inaccessible areas even at high altitude.
The aircraft are fitted with single-pilot IFR avionics, rescue winch, cargo hook, loudspeaker, tactical radio, homing antenna and a FLIR system. They are also equipped with emergency floatation, survival kit and fast roping equipment. The helicopters are fully equipped to perform not only dedicated fire fighting missions, but also search and rescue, land reconnaissance and general support duties for the Department. The benefits of the A109 include unrivalled performance with a maximum speed of 156 knots and very good hover performance, even in the hot and often high climatic conditions experienced in Malaysia. The Bomba is one of the several Government agencies to select the A109 Power, which has now achieved 350 sales, including civil customers, since its launch in 1997.