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 18 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 a 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 expert instructors and SAR/HEMS crews are also experienced in providing and establishing ‘turn-key’ SAR solutions including aircraft role configuration, mission equipment procurement, program audits, SAR/HEMS program implementation, CAA Helicopter Hoist Operations (HHO/HEC) certification consulting, and program staffing for customer requiring full service Air Ambulance/HEMS or full SAR/LIMSAR contract provisions and operational capabilities.

P1AR delivers and maintains dedicated aircrew staffing for Air Ambulance/HEMS and full SAR/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 anywhere in the world.

For quotes or store inquiries, please email Sales@priority1airrescue.com

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 Agencies and Commercial Part 135 Operators who are interested in providing air medevac and rescue helicopter operations worldwide.


Come check out our newly designed store for all of your SAR needs! From rappelling gear, hoisting equipment, and safety and survival PPE,  Priority 1 Air Rescue is Your One Stop SAR Shop! 

Global Sales

For quotes or store inquiries, please email Sales@priority1airrescue.com

“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

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Kong Tango

Widely considered an industry standard for use in heli-rescue operations where there is HEC activities occurring; the Kong Tango Carabiner is an automatic locking, double unique consecutive actions to open creating an extremely secure yet intuitive device to use for connecting a tether or lanyard to the user’s harness. The Kong Tango is uniquely contoured to fit a user’s hand, allowing them to use their palm to depress the lockout lever and while the gate open. This requires two distinctive consecutive actions but is considered by many to be more intuitive than other locking carabiners which can aide in the user’s ability to more effectively egress from the helicopter in the event of a crash landing in water or on land.

• NFPA 1983:2012 – “Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services”
• CE EN 362:2008/T – “Personal Protective Equipment from Falls at Height – Connectors”
• CE EN 12275:2013/K – “Mountaineering Equipment – Connectors – Safety Requirements and Test Methods”
• UIAA 121:2013/K – “Connectors / Karabiners”
*Note: All above noted certifications require that devices certified to be locking devices by

Strength Ratings:
• Major Axis – 33kN
• Minor Axis – 10kN
• Gate Open – 15kN

Manufacturer Recommended Professional Rescue Uses:
• Heli-Rescue
• Mountain Rescue
• Fire Brigades
• Civil Protection
• Cableway Evacuation

• Manufacturer Website – https://www.kong.it/en/2-products/items/c3-professional/g25-helirescue/p57-tango
• Certification Letter – https://www.kong.it/media/Component/CatalogProduct/p57-tango/attachments/C_KONG_TANGO.pdf



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