FAQ 2016-11-07T10:45:46+00:00
Why is the fundraising effort so important to your program? Should local or federal government officials be concerned about providing you with the necessary funds? 2016-11-07T10:45:49+00:00

The Snohomish County Council stepped in to provide funding through 2014 when federal funding was significantly reduced in 2013. Our Sheriff has been very supportive in continuing this vital program. The loss of federal funding in 2013 was the impetus for starting our own volunteer effort to raise funds for the long term in order to avoid any curtailment in operations of the program. We are also able to purchase specialized rescue equipment, uniforms and personal protection equipment for all of our volunteer members in HRT. Given just one new flight helmet can cost over $2,000 and new radios can cost up to $5,000 each, we need help.

What is HRT? 2014-12-01T16:12:09+00:00

The Helicopter Rescue Team (HRT) is part of Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue (SCVSAR). SCVSAR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves as a volunteer rescue resource for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. SCVSAR is registered as a public charity with the Washington Secretary of State and our tax ID number is 91-0848877.

How many missions do you fly in a year? 2014-12-01T16:26:36+00:00

We fly on more than 80 missions per year.

When is HRT on duty? 2014-12-01T16:26:19+00:00

We’re on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

We’re holding a charity event and we’d like HRT to be the recipient. How can we do this? 2014-12-01T16:44:35+00:00

We really appreciate you thinking about us. Please contact Miles Mcdonough at info@helicopterrescue.org for more information.

If I’m rescued by HRT, will I be charged? 2014-12-01T16:15:35+00:00

No, neither Snohomish County Volunteer Search or the Helicopter Rescue Team charge for rescues – though donations are gratefully accepted!

Where did HRT receive funding in the past? 2014-12-01T16:42:50+00:00

Federal Title III “Timber Tax” funds were used to support this program for the past 15 years. These funds were significantly reduced in 2013 and the Snohomish County Council stepped in to provide funding through 2014. We anticipate full funding through our very supportive County leadership beyond 2014. Funds raised by donations will augment this funding and allow HRT to continue operations long term.

Is HRT funded in 2014 and beyond? 2014-12-01T16:43:14+00:00

The Snohomish County Council generously stepped in and supported HRT through 2014 when federal funding was lost in 2013. We anticipate full funding through our very supportive County leadership beyond 2014. Funds raised by donations will augment this funding and allow HRT to continue operations long term.

How will HRT use the funds raised? 2016-11-07T10:45:49+00:00

Funds go directly toward specialized rescue equipment used by HRT on rescue missions. No funds are ever directed toward personnel costs or overhead.

How many people are in HRT? 2016-11-07T10:45:49+00:00

There are currently 31 members of HRT: 26 are volunteers and 5 are deputies. Our team includes pilots, crew chiefs, rescue technicians, flight medics and ground support personnel.

Where do you conduct rescue missions? 2014-12-01T16:27:03+00:00

HRT conducts search and rescue missions in Snohomish, King, Pierce, Chelan, Kittitas, Skagit, Whatcom, Okanogan, Yakima, Lewis, Mason, Kitsap, and Jefferson counties. We are a regional asset and support other SAR organizations in Washington.

How much does it cost per hour to operate SnoHawk 10? 2016-11-07T10:45:49+00:00

It costs approximately $1200 per flight hour to operate SnoHawk 10. This includes maintenance, fuel, parts, personnel, and aircraft insurance.