The Beaufort County Sheriff s Office, South Carolina, created its air unit with a former US Army OH-58A Kiowa helicopter
Beaufort County Sheriff Office, November 20, 2014 - BEAUFORT, SC - The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has added the element of air to its collection of tools available to assist in search and rescue missions throughout the county.
Utilizing the Department of Defense Excess Property Program (DoD 1033), the Sheriff's Office has acquired a 1971 206A (Civilian) OH-58 Kiowa helicopter.
This program allowed the Sheriff's Office to receive the aircraft for free, with the operational costs already in the Sheriff's Office current budget.
The helicopter will be piloted by Rob Wright of Beaufort County Mosquito Control and co-piloted by David Galm of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Division. Missions will focus on:
Search response (in conjunction with US Coast Guard and SC Department of Natural Resources as applicable):
Bell OH-58A Kiowa N908BC ( State of South Carolina )
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