Regional aviation exercise scheduled for next Monday

Jun 18, 2014

Next Monday afternoon, June 23, Northwest Regional Aviation will conduct multiple helicopter training operations in north Snohomish County. You may notice a high number of aircraft in the area traveling at low altitude.

Training scenarios will be conducted between noon and 4 p.m. in the vicinity of Silvana, said Shari Ireton, spokesperson for the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Aircraft likely to be used will be UH-60 and HH-65 helicopters and a Cessna 206 fixed wing aircraft, Ireton said.

People in these areas will likely see increased low level aircraft operations, as the pilots evaluate the scene, maneuver for rescue operations, and hoist survivors into the helicopter for transport.

The purpose of this exercise is training in aircraft rescue coordination using aircraft from various agencies including the military, Ireton said. The scenarios in this exercise simulate a flood event in north Snohomish County requiring rescue resources to assist stranded victims, Ireton said.

Participating aviation agencies include the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Department of Transportation, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the Washington Army National Guard.

Employees from Fire District 19, Fire District 22, Seattle Fire Department, Fire District 26, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, Arlington Airport and SNOPAC will be supporting the aviation exercise.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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