Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) was incorporated in 1999 and operates business offices in Valletta Malta and Vancouver Canada, and two Search & Rescue Tactical Training Academies (SART/TAC) located in Mesa, Arizona, US and Bordeaux, France. With over 23 years of proven performance relevant experience in our highly specialized profession, the Priority 1 Air Rescue group provides the most innovative and effective Helicopter Search & Rescue and Tactical Training and Operational SAR/MEDEVAC aircrew staffing, support, and program implementation capability in the world.

P1AR employs a full-time training division that provides a full spectrum of standardized courses and programs ranging from ab-initio to advanced mission that can be custom tailored operating anywhere in the world.

Our SAR/HEMS teams are also experienced in establishing and providing ‘turn-key’ SAR/HEMS program implementation including aircraft role configuration, mission equipment procurement, CAA Helicopter Hoist Operations (HHO/HEC) certification consulting, manuals, program audits, and complete program staffing for customers requiring full service Air Ambulance/HEMS or AWSAR/LIMSAR contract provisions and operational mission capabilities.

P1AR delivers and maintains dedicated aircrew staffing for Air Ambulance/HEMS and full AWSAR/LIMSAR comprised of Advanced Life Support SAR Paramedics, Hoist Operator/EMTs, and Helicopter Rescue Swimmer/EMTs, for world class emergency aeromedical and SAR response for commercial operators performing Commercial Oil and Gas, Government, and Military DOD SAR and Air Ambulance services all over the world.

Helicopter Hoisting in the Current COVID-19 Environment

Global Standards

In addition to providing multinational civilian aviation authority (CAA) compliant HHO/HEC programs, P1AR possess Helicopter Air Ambulance licenses both in the United States and Internationally.

Global Integration

Strengthened with the experience and diverse knowledge gained while providing SAR/Tactical Training and Operations in over 23 countries worldwide, we operate a global network that offers international interoperability that truly employs best practices to the benefit of all our customers, rather than solely utilizing procedures adopted from a single nation.

Our Mission

Priority 1 Air Rescue is committed to delivering safe, effective, and affordable services, and solutions, that meet and exceed the high expectations demanded by our customers. We offer true ‘turn-key’ mission capability by providing all related mission role equipment, instructional training, SAR/HEMS aircrew staffing services, certification support, and program implantation. Priority 1 Air Rescue has truly earned our reputation as being the “One Stop SAR Shop”.

Course Catalogue

Priority 1 Air Rescue course catalogue provides a variety of training options for Operators engaged in multiple operational environments. Our instructors come from many different fields and provide world-class training.


Priority 1 Air Rescue is the turn key solution for Government  and Commercial agencies who are interested in providing air medevac and rescue helicopter operations worldwide.

Equipment Sales

For equipment quotes or inquiries, please email Sales@Priority1AirRescue.com. If you are requesting a quote, please provide your agency name, billing address, shipping address, and POC name, email, and telephone number.


Please note that due to COVID, which continues to impact equipment availability and production schedules with our manufacturing partners, equipment sales are currently limited to existing training customers only and may be operating on a delayed response.

“Although I have been flying for twenty-five (25) years as a U.S. government aviator, I have never utilized a hoist as a hoist operator or as a rescuer on the hoist cable. When our Priority 1 class began, I sat in amazement as I watched the overview videos of what a well trained crew (hoist operator, rescue specialist and pilot) can accomplish together. I must admit I thought it would require months of training.  As I prepare to depart back to my home station, I can now confidently operate in any one of the three positions very effectively. I would have never believed I could send a rescue specialist (RS) down and successfully pull victims out of a car window without my RS ever touching the ground, but I can do that easily now, additionally pulling personnel out of tight 10′ X 10′ holes in the woods is rather easy now as well. Thank you for your well thought out crawl-walk-run methodology that was tailored to our organization’s needs.“

ColonelUS Army AV, 1st BDE, 75th DIV

News/Press Releases

Priority 1 Air Rescue cordially invites you to visit us at booth 8335 at HAI

Looking Forward To Seeing You All at Heli Expo 2020! Booth 8335. #SAR #haiexpo20 #helicopters #EMS #offshoreoilandgas #helicopterrescue #searchandrescue #HHO #HEC #training #rescueswimmer #ALS #HEMS

Posted by Priority 1 Air Rescue on Monday, January 20, 2020

For general situational awareness, and Community Safety Priority 1 Air Rescue would like everyone in the helicopter rescue industry to understand the below information

P1AR Mitigating Hoist Spins Since 2003

In response to the recent heightened emphasis on dealing with spins during hoist operations, we wanted to provide the industry some information and proven techniques we have been employing as a standard at P1AR in our hoist operations training since 2003. In addition to employing these principles behind spin prevention and mitigation, we have also been leveraging synthetic hoist training (since 2012 ) to teach and practice a myriad of other very relevant EPs and dangerous evolutions you would not practice in real live flight training, like hoist cable entanglements, cable shearing, single engine failures while hoisting, NVG Eps, pendulums/oscillations (to name a few) that can be conducted safely, multiple times, to further complement our hoist EP practice during our live flight training.Get in front of hoist EP training, don’t get behind it, and consider using synthetic or blended training!#helicopterrescue #hoisttraining #hoisting101 #mitigatingspinssince2003 #dynamichoisting #managetheturbulentflightzone #providingworldclasstrainingsince1999

Posted by Priority 1 Air Rescue on Friday, January 24, 2020

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