Thursday, August 17, 2017

Local police helicopters

In addition to police cars, the recent show also had helicopters belonging to local agencies.

This 2012 Eurocopter EC135 belongs to a private air ambulance company. I deal with them once in a while in my work. When a person is severely injured and can't get to the hospital quickly enough by road, they call one of these helicopters. A ride to the local trauma center (John Muir Medical Center) costs around $15,000.

Per Wikipedia, around 500 of these are used worldwide as ambulances.

This is where they load/unload the patient.

This 2014 Bell 407 helicopter is one of two operated by the county sheriff's office.

They are used for search and rescue, patrol, and firefighting.

This orange bag contains a collapsible bucket to pick up water to put out fires.

Here it is in action. We have had many fires this summer.

I wasn't able to sit in the local park district's 1998 Eurocopter AS350 because it was called to respond to some kind of incident.

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