The two Bell 505 will aid in multi-mission law enforcement operations for FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement.
“The Bell 505 is a proven platform for public safety agencies around the world,” said Lane Evans, Managing Director, North America. “The Bell 505 advances an agency’s ability to readily respond to emergencies on the ground, sky or water. Bell is proud the FWC has selected the Bell 505 as its choice aircraft to advance the vast mission of the agency.”
Headquartered in Tallahassee, FL, and established in 1999, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission manages fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people. The FWC Division of Law Enforcement is responsible for patrol and investigative law enforcement services over more than 8,400 miles of coastline, 13,200 square miles of offshore waters, and more than 34 million acres of land.
The Bell 505 combines avionics and engine control technology with a large open cabin that provides panoramic views for resource management.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) also recently acquired a new helicopter – an MD 530F – in November 2021.