DynCorp International to Help Fight California Wildfires

Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:55pm EDT

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FALLS CHURCH, Va.--(Business Wire)--
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known
as CAL FIRE, has awarded DynCorp International (NYSE:DCP) a $137.7
million contract to help suppress and control wild land fires.

   DynCorp International is the contract incumbent, and has been
helping to fight wildfires in California since 2001. The new contract
will continue the program through 2014.

   DynCorp International flies and maintains Grumman S-2T fire
retardant air tankers and OV-10A aircraft, and fully maintains and
services civilian UH-1H Super Huey helicopters flown by CAL FIRE
pilots. Operating from across California, aircraft can reach most
fires within 20 minutes. The OV-10A aircraft fly over fires, directing
the air tankers and helicopters to critical areas for retardant and
water drops. The helicopters can also transport firefighters and

   More than 130 DynCorp International employees are directly engaged
in this program, including 50 pilots and 77 aircraft mechanics.

   CAL FIRE is responsible for more than 30 million acres of state
land. Of 1,007 fires this year on state land, more than 99 percent
have been contained and only three were active as of July 22.

   "The CAL FIRE aviation program is seen as a world class aerial
firefighting program by those in the industry. This is due, in large
part, to the dedication and professionalism of the DynCorp
International pilots, mechanics and support staff working in the
program," said CAL FIRE Chief of Aviation Mike Padilla. "DynCorp and
the citizens of California can be proud of these individuals who are
key players in the state's wild land firefighting efforts."

   In 2007, DynCorp International helped suppress more than 7,600
wildfires in California. DynCorp International pilots flew 7,550
hours, and mechanics supported state-employed pilots who flew another
3,334 hours. Together, they dropped more than 8.7 million gallons of
fire retardant and gel. DI helped the California Department of
Forestry and Fire Protection and local and regional firefighting
departments limit more than 95 percent of the wildfires to less than
10 acres.

   "We are very happy to continue our work with CAL FIRE, applying
our years of aviation experience to fighting wildfires and helping
protect homes and businesses throughout California," said DynCorp
International President and CEO William L. Ballhaus. "This is an
outstanding example of a state and private sector partnership with
tremendous benefits for the people of California."

   About DynCorp International

   DynCorp International is a provider of specialized
mission-critical services to civilian and military government agencies
worldwide, and operates major programs in law enforcement training and
support, security services, base operations, aviation services,
contingency operations, and logistics support. DynCorp International
is headquartered in Falls Church, Va. For more information, visit

DynCorp International
Douglas Ebner, 571-722-0210

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