A non-profit organization is providing a helicopter for rescue services in the Flathead Valley of Montana. Flathead Emergency Aviation Resources (FEAR) is a non-profit, volunteer organization which provides air support to emergency service providers in the greater northwest region of Montana.
According to DailyInterLake.com, venture capitalist Michael Goguen has provided funding as well as a Bell 407 which belongs to Mr. Goguen’s company, Two Bear Management. FEAR has ordered a new $5 million twin-engine Bell 429 which will include a hoist, making it possible to more easily extract injured members of the public. The Bell 429 is being built now and should be available in the Spring.
Former Flathead County Undersheriff Jordan White, who now works for Two Bear Management, said:
To have met someone like Mike Goguen, with the unprecedented level of philanthropy he’s contributed to this program to make sure it not only happened but was a world-class program, is mind-blowing to me to imagine that it would ever get to this point.
One year ago we hoped that maybe in five years we’d have raised half a million dollars to buy an aircraft, and within a few months I had quit my job in order to make this whole thing happen and then was able to begin searching for a brand new twin-engine rescue-class helicopter.
The Bell 407 has been used for about eight missions since August.
FEAR’s web site lists the following types of missions for which they expect to use the helicopter:
- Search and Rescue – Conducting hasty searches in both urban and rural environments.
- Tactical operations – Providing tactical teams with overhead security during high risk operations.
- Body recoveries – Hauling deceased victims from remote locations back to their loved ones.
- Evidence transportation
- Environmental protection
- Border security
- Aerial surveillance and search
- Aerial photography
- Transportation of personnel andequipment
- Flying divers outside of Flathead County for a more expedient response.
- Long Line operations
- Transporting ground search personnel to and from remote loctations.
- Mobile remote radio repeater services
UPDATE November 8, 2013: The company changed their name from Flathead Emergency Aviation Resources (FEAR) to Two Bear Air.