Captain Charles Condon
2016 marks the forty-sixth year of operation for the Aviation Section and the thirty-first year of our Trooper-Medic Program.
The Aviation Section consists of thirty-two pilots and medics providing 24 hour coverage from two locations (Georgetown and Middletown). During 2016 the section flew 2,928 missions, transported 301 trauma patients and flew 1,324 hours. The aircrafts currently utilized include four helicopters and one fixed wing aircraft, a Cessna 182 (1980).
The Aviation Section’s primary mission is to provide rapid transport of critically sick or injured persons to medical facilities and to support law enforcement ground personnel in the apprehension of criminal suspects. The section also conducts search and rescue operations, airborne security for visiting dignitaries, homeland security operations, photographic missions, narcotics interdiction, pursuit support and maritime security to name a few of the many missions.
The pilots attended training at Bell Helicopter in the Bell 407 and the Bell 429 aircraft. The training is essential in practicing emergency procedures of each aircraft and to keep each pilot proficient in the operation of each aircraft. In 2016, the medics attended training to satisfy their continuing education credits needed to maintain their paramedic certifications.
The DSP Tactical Medic Mission provides medical support for the Special Operation Response Team, Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit and the SCUBA Team during high risk operations. In 2016, the DSP Tactical Medics had a total of 100 activations.
- Information obtained from 2016 DSP Annual Report -