ADS Secures $4 Billion in Fire and Emergency Services Contracts

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- ADS, Inc., has secured five regional Department of Defense (DoD) contracts totaling up to $4 billion to provide equipment and logistical support to federal and local agencies tasked with responding to fires and other emergencies at military installations, federal agencies and at the state and local level. ADS will be ramping up operations immediately and hiring new employees to fulfill these contracts, as they further expand their capabilities into the first responder sector.

"For the last 10 years, we have worked to ensure the smooth and timely delivery of essential, top-notch tactical equipment to our men and women in uniform. This new contract enables us to translate our proven record of success in the logistics support solutions arena into making certain that our local and federal first responders have the tools and equipment they need to confront a spectrum of emergencies and carryout rescue missions. It is an honor that we look forward to undertaking immediately," said ADS, Inc., CEO and President Luke Hillier . "This contract will double the size of our company in the next two years and allow us to greatly expand our employee base in the Virginia Beach area."

Specifically, ADS will provide up to $800 million in emergency equipment, training and logistical support to federal, state and local first responders in each of the five geographic regions of the United States (Northeast, Southeast, Great Lakes, Midwest, West) for the next two years, with the option to extend each contract for an additional three years.

In efforts to cater to the diverse needs of each respective region, ADS will provide up to 9,000 various fire and rescue equipment items that will be available to each applying locality or agency. Specific items that may be provided include, fire emergency devices such as hoses, extinguishers, poles, ladders, and breathing apparatuses; hazmat suits, decontamination and detection devices, and protective products, such as, gloves, boots, helmets, and additional supplies to meet the needs of search and rescue operations, such as communication equipment, generators, surveillance and alarm systems.

With over 160 employees nationwide, ADS anticipates doubling this figure over the life of the contract and continuing to expand their Virginia Beach and San Diego , California facilities. They are currently working to secure a wide variety of additional contracts within the DoD and the Department of Homeland Security, and are continuing to field the Army's Third Generation Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (GEN III ECWCS) to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan .

A second-generation, family-owned small business, ADS, Inc., was created in 1979 in Virginia Beach as the government sales division of a local diving supply center and catered to the Norfolk-Virginia Beach military community. Since that time, the company has continued to expand its' product offerings and currently delivers on-time, essential tactical and special operational gear to each branch of the U.S. military, overseeing every aspect of their products' supply chain and ensuring the availability of superior gear to our men and women in uniform.

In 2000, ADS was awarded the Prime Vendor Contract for Marine Lifesaving, Diving, and Search and Rescue through the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia . ADS achieved Worldwide Special Operational Equipment Prime Vendor status in 2005, solidifying their role as one of the DoD's primary equipment suppliers. That same year, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) named ADS the "DLA Business Alliance Innovative Small Business Performer of the Year." In 2006, they were awarded the contract for the Army's GEN III ECWCS, marking the first time a clothing system has been awarded in entirety to one vendor. This recent contract award for fire and emergency equipment marks a significant expansion for ADS, Inc in the first responder arena.