DynCorp International (DI) has again earned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Award for Excellence in recognition of its commitment to aviation maintenance training for the CAL FIRE and United States Forest Service (USFS) FireWatch programs.
This is the third consecutive year the DI USFS FireWatch program has earned the award, and it is the seventh consecutive year for the DI CAL FIRE program. The award is given by the FAA to maintenance programs that provide at least twelve hours additional classroom/online training to 100% of the eligible maintenance technicians (in addition to the regular on-the-job training).
Through the CAL FIRE program, DI flies and maintains Grumman S-2T fire retardant air tankers and OV-10A aircraft, and fully maintains and services UH-1H Super Huey helicopters flow by CAL FIRE pilots.
For the FireWatch program, DI maintains and operates reconfigured Army AH-1/Bell 209 Cobra helicopters. They have been rebuilt, rewired, and equipped with advanced systems to improve operational efficiency and tactical decision-making. An infrared capability enables them to see through smoke so they can guide firefighters on the ground. Operating from Redding, Ca., the FireWatch teams are dispatched nationwide.
The Diamond Award is the highest corporate award, and the program also includes individual recognition to each mechanic who will receive an Aviation Maintenance Technician award based on the number of training hours logged.