San Bernardino County is the largest county in the continental US at just over 20,000 square miles. Terrain varies from wetlands in the southwest corner of the county to desert and mountainous regions to the east. The elevation rises from 600 ft msl to 11, 500 ft msl at the snow covered peak of San Gorgonio.
Search and Rescue
SBSD Aviation Division has primary responsibility for SAR operations in the county. The division responds to approximately 250 calls for service each year. These calls range from technical hoist rescues, swift water rescues, injured skiers/boarders/hikers, major accident trauma victims.
SBSD Aviation Division responds to approximately 80 brush and wildland fires each year. All of the divisions helicopters have water dropping capability.
SBSD Aviation responds to numerous special missions including: dive rescues, SWAT calls, marijuana extractions, etc. These technical missions require advance piloting and crew chief skills.
Surveillance and Transport Missions
SBSD Aviation handles numerous special flights including: narcotics surveillance, homeland security missions, transportation of investigators and high risk offenders. These missions are often flown utilizing the fixed wing aircraft assigned to the division.