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EPS unveils new Air 1 helicopter

1st March 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) Flight Operations Unit has received a new H125 helicopter, which will be known as Air 1 in EPS service.

The new helicopter will be deployed for law enforcement missions, and will provide support for fire rescue and emergency medical service missions.

The helicopter’s capabilities include GPS navigational overlays; upgraded avionics for situational awareness and hazard warnings; enhanced digital camera and infrared system.

Air 1 is equipped with the Alberta First Responder Radio Communication System; better visibility, better stability and seating for crew; increased fuel capacity; powerful engine; and safety features to prevent hydraulic and engine failures.

EPS flight crews have been training on the new helicopter and testing its systems since September 2017.

Greg Preston, acting police chief, EPS, said: ‘With the continued growth of the city, the mobility of criminals across the region, and the need for greater public and officer safety, a new helicopter with enhanced capabilities is required. Because the new Air 1 is better, stronger, and faster than our previous helicopters, we can provide a greater level of safety and support across the city.’

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