The Bell 407
The Bell 407, first introduced in 1996, is a highly maneuverable, four bladed, single turbine engine powered helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth, Texas. The Bell 407 can be flown with a single pilot and configured for up to five passengers or-in the EMS/rescue role of Henry 1-three crew members and a patient.
Henry 1 is equipped with:
- Infrared Camera (westcam L3)
- Search Light System
- Night Vision (NVG)
- Wire Strikes
- Externally mounted oxygen tank for medical missions
- PA speakers
- Dual hook system for long line rescue operations
- Digital Mapping
- Rescue Equipment
- Medical Equipment
The Henry 1 helicopter carries a combination of rescue and lifesaving equipment, allowing the crew to perform a multitude of missions without having to return to base to for extra gear. The crew and aircraft are able to perform an ocean or cliff rescue, then immediately respond for a medical or law enforcement call without the assistance of ground personnel.
The standard equipment include, long line ropes, rescue litter, webbing, horse collar, traverse stretcher, half back, pediatric medical kit, oxygen, all required basic life support and advance life support equipment, ALS medications, heart monitor/AED machine and suction machine. The standard crew equipment consists of a rescue harness, gloves, webbing, wetsuit, gloves, goggles, and carabineers.
Henry 1 has the capability to adjust the length of its long line system, choosing from 50 feet, 100 feet or 200 feet for tall tree canopies or deep ravines. In addition to performing these rescues during the day, the helicopter crew also conducts these types of rescues at night.