usa Ventura County Aviation Unit

State of California



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

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

Air Methods to Customize Ventura County Firehawks, 25-Aug-18 : #firefighting United Rotorcraft, part of Air Methods, will convert to the Firehawk configuration two ex US Army HH-60L MedEvac Black Hawks bought by the Ventura County Fire Department in California

Ventura County Sheriff Hangar Retrofitted by All Metal MS, 26-Feb-15 : All Metal MS finalized the completion of a two year project with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit to retrofit their hangar facility to housing their fleet of Bell 205 Helicopters.




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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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