The only air rescue team in Minnesota will receive eighteen-million-dollars in funding from a recently signed transportation bill.
The Minnesota Air Rescue Team performs up to 60 rescues a year, lifting people out of dangerous situations via aircraft. The team is made up of a group of twenty specially trained firefighters.
The funding will provide the team with a new helicopter, a new airplane, and four new pilot positions.
The Minnesota Air Rescue Team was called into action in April by the Red Wing Fire Department and rescued two adults and one child stranded on the north side of He Mni Can - Barn Bluff.