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Collier County Florida buys firefighter UH-1

Collier County Florida buys firefighter UH-1

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has just bought a firefighting UH-1. The purchase came to a cost of $750,000, reports NBC. The new helicopter will help East Naples residents faster than the Miami based helicopter they were using.

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Nov-17

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Bird strike to upper cowling and rotor system, during night flight. Maintenance cleaned and inspected finding no damage

20-Sep-12

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EMS pilot wins appeal on suspension

EMS pilot wins appeal on suspension

A Collier County EMS pilot suspended in July for leaving his running helicopter has won his appeal.  Mark Holmes was suspended without pay July 28 and ordered to complete a safety course and pass a test before returning to work, which he immediately passed. The suspension involved an incident on July 14, when Holmes was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Aug-11

Whistleblower Collier County MedFlight pilot placed on leave

Whistleblower Collier County MedFlight pilot placed on leave

A Collier County Medflight pilot accused of standing outside his running helicopter last week was placed on administrative leave Friday, a month after he won $70,000 in a whistleblower and retaliation lawsuit against the county.  (Full story)

Source: Naples News, 28-Jul-11

Life-saving tech coming to Collier MedFlight

Life-saving tech coming to Collier MedFlight

This small piece of equipment called “Heli-TAWS” – or Terrain Avoidance and Warning system.  “It’s extremely important. This is a probably the best piece of technology we could put in the aircraft, besides the night-vision goggles we have,” Collier County Flight Operations Director Steve Adams  explained.

Source: ABC-7, 05-Mar-11

Sheriff pilots needed hospital care after laser blinding

Sheriff pilots needed hospital care after laser blinding

Cpl. Joseph Andreasen and flight officer Cpl. Shawn Bogart were on patrol in North Naples at about 1 a.m. Saturday when a green laser light entered the left side of the helicopter, injuring both of their left eyes

Source: Naples News, 04-Jan-11

Collier Medflight cleared after FAA investigation into overuse

Collier Medflight cleared after FAA investigation into overuse

Collier County’s Medflight program has been cleared of an allegation that it violated inspection requirements for its medical transport helicopter that could have led to overuse and safety concerns.

Source: Naples News, 22-Jul-09

Collier County MedFlight helicopter out of service for 1 month

Collier County MedFlight helicopter out of service for 1 month

“The helicopter has to go out of town, it has some corrosion issues going on,” said Cherie Wilson-Watson, EMS spokeswoman. “It needs integrity checks to make sure it is safe.”

Source: Naples News, 10-Jul-09

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MedFlight pilot files harassment suit against Collier County

MedFlight pilot files harassment suit against Collier County

A MedFlight pilot has filed a lawsuit against Collier County, saying the county demoted and harassed him for speaking his mind.

Source: NBC2, 20-May-09

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