RCMP unveil new chopper

BC RCMP’s Air Services unveiled its new Air 5 Airbus H145 helicopter at a hangar ceremony in Langley on Thursday.

Canada’s first H145 twin-engine helicopter will support tactical deployments for the Emergency Response Team, expand options for fast roping and hoisting, assist with search and rescue operations, medical evacuations throughout the province and more, the RCMP says.

The helicopter is named in tribute to civilian member pilot Dave Brolin, who lost his life in an Air 5 crash during a 2012 training exercise in Chilliwack. His initials have been integrated into the call sign C-FDJB (David John Brolin) and the personal slogan "Spirit of Holidave."

"It’s a great honour to be able to include Dave’s call sign on the side of the helicopter, as he loved his work, was dedicated to Air Services and to ensuring public safety; a part of him will always be with us," said Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr.

Crews will begin training on the aircraft before it goes into full operation. The helicopter’s first official public viewing is planned for the Abbotsford Air Show in August.

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