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Friday, June 1, 2007

Rotorcraft Report: U.K. Police Drop Maintenance Plan


The police forces of Essex, Cambridgeshire, and Suffolk in the United Kingdom will continue to share helicopter responsibilities on a 24-hr-a-day basis, but a plan to form a maintenance consortium was scrapped by British Home Secretary John Reed. Instead, said a representative of the Essex police, Essex will enhance its links with the Kent police, a smaller department.

The Essex police use a Eurocopter EC135T2 to police incidents. It carries a small first-aid bag, but is not equipped to perform air ambulance duties.

Originally, the plan was for the Essex, Cambridgeshire, and Suffolk departments to form a maintenance consortium. The three departments had decided it was economically advantageous to combine their maintenance assets. Together, the three operate two EC135s and an MD Explorer. The maintenance facility would have provided a central location between the three forces.

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