San Bernardino County Sheriff Helicopter
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved an allocation to County
Fire to fund the San Bernardino County Joint Sheriff/Fire Air
Air Rescue Program is a joint collaboration between San Bernardino County Sherriff’s Department and San Bernardino County Fire Department; capable of operations
24 hours a day with innovative rescue tactics.
The Sheriff’s Department provides an
established infrastructure, fleet, and personnel, while County Fire provides
licensed healthcare providers certified at the paramedic level. These benefits
coupled with the technical rescue capabilities of both agencies make this a
highly efficient and successful program.
San Bernardino County extends over
20,000 square miles with First and Third Districts of the County having the
most geographically diverse terrains in the desert and mountain communities.
Chairman James Ramos and Vice-Chairman Robert Lovingood pushed for the
allocation of funds to be included in the First Quarter Budget.
“Our County has a great
team of well-trained first responders capable of responding to any emergency
need that our residents might face,” stated Vice-Chairman Robert Lovingood.
“Chairman James Ramos and I represent areas of very rural terrain so it was
very important for us to push for an increase in fund allocation.”
Air Rescue Program offers quick response time to any
emergency need. Each year, the program responds to approximately 250 calls for
service. These calls range from technical hoist rescues, swift water rescues,
injured skiers/boarders/hikers, and major accident trauma victims.
San Bernardino County Fire is using the San Bernardino County Sheriff
Department’s refurbished helicopters for 10 hours each day Monday through
Thursday to respond to emergency medical calls. The approval of fund allocation
will extend the Air Rescue Program services from 4 days a week
to 7 days a week, on a pilot basis.
Ramos commented, “Now is the time to focus on the needs of our County residents.
We do not know when or where an emergency need will occur but what we can
control is our ability to be prepared. This multi-mission rescue program is a
great advantage for our County and its residents in its ability to rapidly
respond and secure a scene in any emergency. I am proud to see the Board of
Supervisors continuing to work together to serve the needs of our County
information regarding this item can be found in the November 17, 2015 agenda at: http://cob-sire.sbcounty.gov/sirepub/.