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moves our capacity from ‘search’ to ‘search and rescue,’” he added. With the added performance of the 407, the Aviation Unit expanded its capa- bilities to include long line rescues, multiple insertions and extractions, stretcher based evacu- ation, tactical operation insertions, vertical resup- ply and delivery of emergency equipment and aerial firefighting.


MONTGOMERY Upon our arrival at


the Aviation Unit’s


hangar and headquarters at Montgomery’s Dannelly Field, we were really uncertain as to what was on our agenda. I had spoken on the phone with the unit’s Chief Pilot Trooper Lee Hamilton a few days earlier. “We’re going to do some training with the Elmore County Sheriff’s Department, and you are welcome to come along and observe,” he said.


“We plan to be on


site in Elmore County at 13:00 hrs,” Hamilton continued. So, we


insured we had plenty of time to spare.


County, just north of Montgomery, is approxi- mately a ten-minute flight in the Bell 407, a 45- minute trip by ground.


planned accordingly and Elmore


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