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Fire-Rescue Department

Air Operations Division

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San Diego Fire-Rescue's Air Operations helicopters respond to more than 400 emergencies and log between 400 and 500 hours of flight per year.

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While supporting firefighting operations in San Diego and the region is the primary mission of the Air Operations program, they also serve in hoist-air rescue, short-haul air rescue, shoreline rescue, helicopter swiftwater rescue, night vision goggle operations, patient transport, vehicle rescue, large animal rescue, fire mapping, infrared detection, disaster assessment, and have the ability to assist in high-rise fire incidents.