County approves MOU with SAFE to fund Sheriff's helicopter operations


Last updated 10/1/2009 at Noon

Under a Memorandum of Understanding approved September 22 by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the San Diego Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE) program will reimburse the county up to $375,000 per year over the next five fiscal years for the cost of Sheriff’s Department helicopters used for motorist rescue.

The money would partially cover operation, maintenance, and fuel costs for the county’s Bell 205A1 medium-lift fire and rescue helicopters. All five county supervisors voted in favor of the agreement.

“This is an extremely important program,” said Supervi...

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