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Above: Pilot Mack Ward, Tactical Officer Kent Smith, and air maintenance personnel install a Tyler Tactical Bench on the Bell 407 Photo: Sarah Kritner Below: Maintenance personnel and Pilot Shane Hobbs conducting preflight Opposite: Pilot Mack Ward, Tactical Officer Kent Smith, Pilot Shane Hobbs and Chief Pilot Lee Hamilton Photos: Dana Maxfield


Governor and other elected officials. The unit, headquartered at Montgomery’s Dannelly Field, also has operational bases in Cullman and Fairhope.


FROM SEARCH… TO SEARCH AND RESCUE


In March of 2008 the unit acquired its lat-


est addition, a 2000 model Bell 407 with approximately 1,000 hours on the aircraft. Purchased with a $3 million dollar U.S. Department of Justice grant, the 407 not only greatly reduced the unit’s response time, it near- ly doubled its capability.


“This aircraft allows our


troopers to arrive on scene earlier, remain on scene longer and provide needed versatility in emergency response,” said then Public


Safety Director Col. J. Christopher Murphy. “This ROTORCRAFTPROFESSIONAL 16


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