AZ DPS

Aviation

DPS HelicopterOverview

The Aviation Bureau is comprised of four Air Rescue helicopter units, a fixed-wing Air Support unit, an Aircraft Maintenance unit, and administrative staff.

The Air Rescue units are strategically based around the state to provide the most efficient and effective service. The Air Support and Aircraft Maintenance units are based at the Aviation Section Headquarters facility at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Services provided by the Bureau include; first responder emergency medical services, technical rescue operations, medical and disaster evacuation, search operations, aerial and logistical support for law enforcement, highway safety and traffic enforcement operations, and transport services in support of governmental operations and critical administrative functions. To accomplish its mission, the Aviation Bureau operates and maintains a fleet of five rotary-wing and four fixed-wing aircraft.

Mission

To provide an immediate, 24-hour per day, statewide air support response capability for critical occurrences and emergency situations, to provide aerial and logistical support for law enforcement, highway safety and traffic enforcement operations, and to provide transport services in support of governmental operations and critical administrative functions.

Goal Summary

To protect the public by ensuring the continuous availability of appropriate aircraft and thoroughly trained personnel necessary to provide immediate statewide air support response capability for critical occurrences and emergency situations, and to maximize the utilization of aviation resources in support of highway safety and traffic enforcement throughout the state.