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for Baltimore County Police Aviation Unit Aerial Rescue Operations

When the Baltimore County, Md., Police Department?s Aviation Unit required focused hoist rescue training, it called SRT Helicopters, of Bakersfield to show the unit?s helicopter crews how to expand their emergency response capabilities with newly installed equipment. The BCPD?s Aviation Team flies three American Eurocopter AS350B3 helicopters from its base at Glen L. Martin Airport in Essex, Md., and provides 19 hours of aerial patrol support for groundbased officers each day. Missions include air patrol, communication, command and control and night-time incident coordination, using an SX-16 Nightsun search light 38 ROTORCRAFT PROFESSIONAL ? October 2008 with 30 million candle power, an optical thermal imager, a color video camera and video downlink antenna, electronically stabilized binoculars, as well as a LO- JACK signal receiver and a moving map cockpit display. Recently, the unit expanded its mission capabilities by installing two Breeze Eastern HS 29700 electric rescue hoists with a 450-lb. load capacity, adding aerial rescue to its mission portfolio. The unit has requested budget for a third hoist system so its entire fleet can handle rescue flights. To ensure unit members were ready for aerial rescues, BCPD called SRT to familiarize the Aviation Unit with aerial res- cue procedures. Founded in 1989 by Chris Gadbois, a helicopter instructor pilot and expert in aviation emergency services with more than 30 years of experience in the field, SRT specializes in customized training in

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