December 5, 2023
412EPX helicopter. Photograph courtesy of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Division.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Division unveiled two new helicopters Monday to refresh its growing older fleet and assist with regulation enforcement, fireplace suppression, and different efforts throughout the area. 

The helicopters, a 412EPX designed to function reliably in harsh or difficult environments, similar to these which might be current when combating wildfires, and a 407GXi, geared up for pace and precision, can be utilized in a supportive capability with companion companies.

The helicopters had been revealed on the division’s aviation unit, Aerial Help to Regional Enforcement Businesses, primarily based at Gillespie Area in El Cajon. 

The 412EPX was added to the ASTREA fleet as a part of a longer-term plan to section out three Bell 205 fireplace helicopters, which had been constructed within the Nineteen Sixties and have gotten more and more tough to keep up.

 The 407GXi is a patrol helicopter geared up with up to date infrared and warmth detecting cameras, which will also be used for water drops.

“Our patrol helicopter can be used to supply important help to deputies on the bottom throughout emergency calls,” says an informational video. “It is usually an efficient device in monitoring suspects or supporting search and rescue missions.

The 2 helicopters price $21 million, paid for utilizing the division’s price range and Proposition 172 funds.