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Dr. Zuki

Westchester County PD Aviation

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Why is the Westchester County PD helicopter no longer assisting local police departments??

Have not heard them on any local PD frequencies for a long time.

Thanks

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I know for a fact that they do all the time, just because you do not hear them doesn't mean they aren't helping agencies. It seems like you are you basing this statement solely because you do not hear them on your scanner?

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I know for a fact that they do all the time, just because you do not hear them doesn't mean they aren't helping agencies. It seems like you are you basing this statement solely because you do not hear them on your scanner?

Well then prove him wrong. If you can't do it for him, how can you do it for the people who pay for it?

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Well then prove him wrong. If you can't do it for him, how can you do it for the people who pay for it?

Well A) it's not my job to prove it to anyone.

B ) why can't he prove that they've said no and are not helping agencies? I think making an assumption that they are doing that and him saying it's because they haven't heard them on local pd frequencies is not valid.

Edited by mreis95

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The WCPD helicopter is available 24/7/365 to area agencies who need and request it.

It's been harder to "patrol" due to the harsh winter, and the limited fuel the county allocates in it's budget.

They just made a rescue a few weeks ago:

http://newrochelle.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/county-aviation-unit-rescues-wind-surfer-on-long-island-sound

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I have a question- can a local FD (specifically in Putnam county) request WCPD help to do a water drop with a "Bambi bucket"? What criteria is required? Can a local fire chief request it, or does the request have to come from a county coordinator or OEM?

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WCPD did a presentation a few years back with the aviation unit for my department. Short answer is yes, but I would arrange a meeting with the division to get the criteria and procedures.

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Information is FALSE.

WCPD Aviation is very active and constantly assisting other jurisdictions by monitoring various

PD/FD radios and upon request.

Recently they were assisting Yonkers with a Crime In Progress over the weekend.

Patroling the MTA Metro North Hudson R/R Line all week for Operation Safeguard

including numerous other inspections all transmitted over WCPD radio.

They had a Water Rescue in March assisting New Rochelle PD.

http://newrochelle.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/county-aviation-unit-rescues-wind-surfer-on-long-island-sound

Reach out to Vincent Antonecchia who is the Commanding Officer of the WCPD Aviation Unit.

I am sure he can clear up any "rumors"

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Back to the bambi bucket question since brush fire season is upon us... What kind of air resources are available for "water drops" for example Brewster yesterday.

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Back to the bambi bucket question since brush fire season is upon us... What kind of air resources are available for "water drops" for example Brewster yesterday.

New York State Police

New York City Police

Westchester County Police

NY Air National Guard (limited availability depending on deployments, etc.)

For a major fire, other agencies could be brought into the area by the State (Forest Rangers through OEM).

State Police used to have a requirement that there be a forest ranger on site before they would respond but I don't know if that's true still.

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Thanks for the update.. Wasn't sure who still had the capability. I know in Somers we used NYPD at a large brush fire a few years ago.

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WCPD Air 2 assisted Orangeburg FD/Rockland County during the large brush fire on Clausland Mountain in November. Also assisting with water drops were the NYSP with their Bell UH-1H Huey N129SP, as well as West Point 2nd Aviation Detachment with their Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota, based out of Stewart.

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Thanks, Sgt! We appreciate and thank you for your time in bringing your knowledge to our forum. Your post helps everyone know more about your unit, and we hope that others in positions similar to you will do the same to clear up any future misconceptions and provide helpful information to the hundreds who will read and reference your post. I'm sure the information you posted will be called upon by many people in IC roles in the future.

Also, as noted in other posts above, to note to members of the forum, please don't make a topic with an assumption that just because you don't hear a unit on the scanner, that it's no longer in operation.In other cases, it could be as simple as they changed the frequency they operated on, or your scanner is broken and no longer in operation lol.

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