Spokane County Sheriff’s Office adds a helicopter to its fleet

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Regional Air Support Unit announced the addition of a helicopter to its fleet, to be used for search and rescue, and fire support.

The Bell UH-1H Helicopter, named “Rescue 3,” will enable ASU crews to lift victims to safety and conduct water drops on fires safely.

Paramedics and their equipment will be part of the helicopter’s responding flight crew. This will enable the crews to be taken to remote areas quickly and provide initial advanced medical treatment to injured victims.

The helicopter was acquired through the 1033 surplus program, at no cost to Spokane County citizens.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Regional Air Support Unit now consists of three helicopters, two Bell OH-58’s, and the newest addition. In addition to the civilian pilots, the Air Support Unit consists of personnel from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Spokane Valley Police Department, Spokane Valley Fire Department, Spokane Police Department, Spokane Fire Department, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, and Coeur d’Alene Police Department.