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  • usa Ventura County Aviation Unit

    State of California

    VCSD :


    ventura county sheriff department

    Established 1971 by Sheriff Office, the VCSD Aviation Unit started with one Bell 47 and grow to nowadays four Hueys ( 205, UH-1H, HH-1H and 212 ) and three Black Hawk helicopters.

    In 2009, the Fire District and Sheriff's Office entered into an agreement in which the Unit became a joint venture.

    Flight crews are trained in night vision goggle operation, scuba diving, swift water rescue, and emergency medical procedures. They are supplemented on medical/rescue missions by qualified medical personnel consisting of physicians, nurses, and paramedics. Typical missions for the Air Unit includes:

    - Search and rescue missions including mountain and water rescue
    - Support for agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard, State Lifeguards, etc
    - Emergency medical services (EMS) flights
    - Firefighting
    - Surveillance
    - Crime scene photo flights
    - Marijuana eradication
    - Patrol support missions

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    News of Ventura County Aviation Unit

    Bell 412EPX for Ventura County Sheriff, 10-Mar-22 : California’ Ventura County Sheriff’s Office (VCSD) ordered a Subaru Bell 412EPX during HeliExpo 2022, the first in public safety configuration in North America. VCSD has been a Bell helicopters operator since 1971

    Delivery of Two Firehawk to Ventura County, 07-Jun-21 : #Firehawk United Rotorcraft, part of Air Methods, delivered to California Ventura County 2 ex-army HH-60L Black Hawk helicopters customized in Firehawk configuration with 1,000-gallon water tank

    Wireless Comms for Ventura County Firehawks, 22-May-21 : #VenturaCounty Ventura County Aviation Unit recently received 2 Sikorsky UH-60L Firehawk customized by United Rotorcraft (Air Methods). Both helicopters are equipped with Axnes Polycon Next Generation (PNG) wireless intercom systems (ICS)

    Fire Aboard USS Bonhomme Richard, 13-Jul-20 : #shipfire A fire broke out aboard the US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD6) docked in maintenance at the San Diego naval base. San Diego Fire-Rescue Dept and Harbor Police fire boats assisted in battling the fire

    AFI 4700 RoadRunner for Ventura County Firehawk, 17-Mar-19 : #avionics Astronautics provides its AFI 4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instruments (EFIs) to United Rotorcraft for installation on two HH-60L Black Hawk recently acquired by the Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) and converted into Firehawks

    Ventura County First Black Hawk, 03-Dec-18 : #BlackHawk Ventura County’s first Black Hawk was returned to Sikorsky for a scheduled maintenance

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    Bell 205A
    Bell 205A-1
    Bell 206L-1 Long Ranger
    Bell 206L-3 Long Ranger
    Bell 212
    Bell 214B
    Bell HH-1H Iroquois
    Bell HH-1K Iroquois
    Bell UH-1H Iroquois
    Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk

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