Construction is underway for a new Hawai'i Fire Department (HFD) Aero-Medical/Fire-Rescue Helicopter in West Hawai'i.
Published by: HIRSC - Hawai'i Island (Hōlualoa) Team
Construction is underway for a new Hawai'i Fire Department (HFD) Aero-Medical/Fire-Rescue Helicopter and is expected to arrive on the Island of Hawai'i in late-2022/early 2023.
The new helicopter is an Airbus H-125 model that will custom-built cabin for Aero-Medical responses and also is being configured to respond to fire and rescue emergencies as well since this helicopter will replace an older model Bell 206L Helicopter, that has been in service for the last 28 years.
All specifications for this new helicopter were possible thanks to a joint collaboration between HFD Fire Medical Specialist (FMS), Fire personnel, and also Pilots and mechanics that were submitted to the Sayre Foundation for donor to review and later that was then sent to Airbus to begin construction.
Funding for this helicopter was possible thanks to a large donation made to the Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation via an anonymous donor and also partial funding coming from the HFD budget, thanks to a resolution passed by County Council. The total cost for the new helicopter is approximately $5-million. ($4.75-million from Sayre Foundation via Donor/$250,000 from HFD)
Once the new helicopter arrives on the Island of Hawai'i, the current helicopter in service will be decommissioned and sold through auction, of which the funding will be returned to the County of Hawai'i General Fund.