Regional Aviation Support, or RAVEN, is staffed 100% by volunteers that have dedicated themselves to serving the communities of King County and surrounding counties. The organization follows the most current aviation support methodologies and best practices to provide air crews and assets the safest, most expedient, and effective operations available.
Under King County’s Office of Emergency Management, RAVEN trains and works with Law Enforcement / Fire / EMS / Military / and other Public Safety organizations to ensure that when helicopter assets are requested, a dedicated support team is deployed to ensure the highest possible safety, logistics, communication, and security of the responding air crews and their equipment.
There are considerable, on-going, funding needs for the organization to maintain operational readiness. These funds cover protective equipment, communications hardware, licenses, deployments, transportation, recovery gear, and continuous training required by Washington State’s Dept. of Emergency Management for Emergency Workers.
As RAVEN is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and is entirely self-funded, the majority of monies raised are through fundraisers and donations. Our volunteer’s backgrounds have a focus of dedication to Public Safety/Education, Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Military, Aviation, and Communications to name a few.