TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - This morning Tucson News Now is getting an exclusive first look at equipment and training on Customs and Border Protection helicopters.
Tucson News Now's Bryan Navarro went up in the air with Office of Air and Marine agents this morning to check out the equipment and us gives a close look.
OAM works alongside Border Patrol under Customs and Border Protection, performing special and technical missions from the helicopter.
In the past two years, OAM had a mechanical hoist installed in each of its Blackhawk helicopters. The cable can drop hundreds of feet where the helicopter cannot otherwise land or drop agents. Special Arial Rescue Vest cradles victims as they are lifted to helicopter. It is described as similar to what the Coast Guard uses.
The cable makes for much safer and efficient rescues in the mountains. Agents say that the gear helps them work quicker to save more lives.
Tucson News Now will be looking at how this new vest will make desert rescues more efficient and how it will save lives in remote stretches of the desert.
Stay with Tucson News Now live at 6 p.m. for the exclusive fly along.