ORILLIA, ON, May 27, 2011 /CNW/ - At a ceremony at Ontario Provincial
Police (OPP) General Headquarters in Orillia today, Commissioner Chris
Lewis accepted the delivery of two Eurocopter EC135 helicopters, which
replace the OPP's aging fleet of Twin Star helicopters acquired in
The OPP has owned and operated two helicopters in its fleet since 1974
to support fulfilling of its provincial mandate which includes
providing support for specialized teams, surveillance, drug
eradication, searches, suspect apprehension pursuits and regional
traffic and crime initiatives. Approximately 65 per cent of all OPP
helicopter missions deal with search and rescue operations. The OPP
helicopters are based in Orillia and Sudbury respectively.
Dignitaries from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional
Services (MCSCS), Eurocopter Canada Ltd., and members of the public and
media witnessed the official handover of the two Eurocopter EC135s and
the retirement of the Twin Stars.
The EC135 is a light, multi-purpose twin turbine engine helicopter
particularly suited to law enforcement purposes. Its lower noise
rating, reduced maintenance needs and efficiency in terms of
operational costs were some of the reasons the OPP chose this
Over the past 20 years, OPP pilots have logged a combined total flying
time of approximately 20-thousand hours (or about 106 trips around the
world at the equator) on the retiring Twin Stars models.
"The officers of OPP Aviation Services play a critical role in combating
crime and helping to keep our communities safe. It is important that we
invest in the tools that help them to do their jobs effectively and
- Hon. Jim Bradley, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional
"Whether for search and rescue operations or for surveillance or other
law enforcement functions, the acquisition of these new helicopters
will ensure that our pilots will continue to be prepared, ready and
able to carry out their duties in the service of the people of Ontario
in the best traditions of the Ontario Provincial Police."
- Chris Lewis, Commissioner - OPP
MEDIA NOTE: A detailed Backgrounder and photos of the OPP Eurocopter EC135s (shown in static poses and active duty) are available at this link.
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SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
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