Fire Rescue Chief
Public Safety Emergency Manager
1769 E. Moody Blvd. Bldg #3
Bunnell, Florida 32110
Non Emergency 24 Hour
Sheriff's 911 Center
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The NightSun is a 30 million candle power searchlight that provides a mobile, versatile, high intensity light source for law enforcement search and rescue and for helicopter landing zones during nighttime missions. The system provides for remotely controlled azimuth and elevation and focus of the beam by either the pilot or the flight medic/observer in the rear seat of the helicopter. It is able to light up an area the size of a football field from an altitude of 800 feet so bright that a person on the ground could read a book.
The FLIR 8500 infrared camera is a stabilized airborne thermal imager with lowlight CCD day/night camera and Night Vision Goggle compatible laser pointer. The infrared thermal imaging and obscurant-proof camera system detects heat and radiation, thus allowing operators to see objects through fog, darkness, or smoke. It is engineered for the pursuit and patrol mission, but can also be used for fire fighting and environmental surveys and a variety of other surveillance applications. The observer in the rear of FireFlight monitors the camera on a special 10 inch screen that is also compatible. The pilot has a 6 inch monitor so they can coordinate on a mission. A compact MiniDV records up to one hour of video.
The Bambi Bucket is a collapsible 210 gallon water bucket that is mounted on to the cargo hook on the bottom of the helicopter. The bucket is then flown to a suitable water source and dipped in until it is full then flown to the fire. A switch in the cockpit opens a solenoid on the bucket that allows the water to be dispersed. A spring then pulls the bladder back up to enable continuous water drops. A foam unit inside the helicopter injects a fire suppression agent that makes the mixture 15 times more efficient at suppressing a fire.
For night time missions the pilot and flight medic/observer are both trained and equipped with Night Vision Goggles. This enables the crew to see at night almost like it is daytime. It greatly enhances flight safety as well as an excellent tool for law enforcement and search and rescue missions.
The LifePort system is the heart of the air ambulance portion of the helicopter. I t includes a gimbaled stretcher unit that makes is easy to load and unload a patient. The Med Tower includes two oxygen ports, suction unit and inverter. A Zoll Cardiac Monitor with 12-lead capability and auto blood pressure is located next to the flight medic as well as a wall mounted unit that carries all the essential items.
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