Washoe County commissioners accept helicopter donation for RAVEN program

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office will add a Huey helicopter to its RAVEN program (Screenshot courtesy WCSO)

Washoe County commissioners accepted a donated Huey helicopter on Tuesday to add to the sheriff's office RAVEN program.

The Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office offered the helicopter, valued at more than $922,000, according to county records.

The UH-1H Huey will take part in SWAT operations, search and rescue, wildland fire suppression and more.

Officials say the donated helicopter comes at no charge to the county.

The annual operating cost of the additional hours needed for the Huey is expected to be $50,200, which would be absorbed by the sheriff's office's current budget.

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