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 Nîmes, 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.

Global Standards

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

Global Integration

Gained from training and SAR operations in over 23 countries worldwide, we truly offer the international capability and best practices, rather than employing a single nations methods.

Priority 1 Air Rescue

We are committed to delivering services that meet and exceed the high expectations demanded by our customers, and with all the related mission role equipment, instructional training, staffing services, and program support offered by Priority 1 Air Rescue, we have truly earned our reputation as 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! 


Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) is currently in the transition process of upgrading both of their simulators to a new software package.  This software package is called TitanIM and it will give P1AR more capabilities while training customers.  The simulator at the P1AR Search and Rescue Tactical Training Academy (SART/TAC) located in Nîmes, France. is currently running the new software.   The simulator in P1AR Search and Rescue Tactical Training Academy (SART/TAC) Mesa will have the upgrade implemented sometime in [...]

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News/Press Releases

P1AR Awarded Multi-Year Contract With Royal Netherland Air Force

Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), a world leader in helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) mission operational support and training, is pleased to announce the award of a multi-year contract by the Defense Helicopter Command of the Royal Netherland Air Force (RNLAF) to provide virtual SAR simulation training support services for the AS532 Cougar and NH90 helicopter aircrews in order to achieve essential training levels for maritime and inland SAR hoist operations. The virtual simulation training will take place at the P1AR Search and Rescue Tactical Training Academy (SART/TAC) located in Nîmes, France.

A comprehensive simulation training package will include hoist mission training for basic to advanced inland SAR, ocean, shipboard operations, and Night Unaided/Night Vision Goggle (NVG) operations, to be performed in all weather conditions and relevant environments. Training will incorporate pilot and rear-crew SAR mission synthetic sessions that will be integrated with tactile learning on the NH90/AS532 hoist training towers in order to provide technical and procedural hoist operations practice. The first training class session of the contract commenced the first week of October 2016.

“This contract demonstrates the importance the RNLAF has for effective training technology and solutions. We are truly honored to have been awarded this contract by the Defense Helicopter Command to provide innovative and enhanced SAR training capabilities for the NH90 and AS532 helicopter aircrews,” said Brad Matheson, President, Head of Training and director of Priority 1 Air Rescue International Limited. “The virtual simulation component provides not only realistic immersion, but more importantly, accurate context to the skills and scenarios being practiced and employed during actual live flight, this will significantly enhance our customers’ ability to train for their complete range of missions. The level of detail contained in our simulation training platforms are directly leveraged from Priority 1 Air Rescue’s extensive experience of actually performing helicopter hoist SAR missions, along with our nearly 17 years providing human hoist operations (HHO) ground and live flight training and program implementation services for customers worldwide”.

About Priority 1 Air Rescue –

Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), commonly referred to as the “One Stop SAR Shop” is solely focused on Helicopter Search and Rescue and Tactical Operations and Training. With nearly 18 years of experience, P1AR has provided industry-leading SAR and Tactical training to over 6,000 Civilian and Military Pilots and Crews worldwide. In addition to its full time training and support staff, Priority 1 Air Rescue provides full time Hoist system Operators, Helicopter Rescue Swimmers, and Paramedics for SAR/ Medevac programs providing 24/7, 365 days coverage on government and commercial SAR contracts around the world.

The P1AR Search and Rescue Tactical Training Academy (SART/TAC) facilities are located in Mesa, Arizona, US and Nîmes, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. SAR/TAC France is housed in a 26,000 square-foot building and employs the latest Virtual Hoist SAR and Aerial Gunnery Synthetic Training Device (with M134 and M240 weapon platforms), coupled Pilot SAR Flight Training Device, two separate Hoist Procedural Towers, Fast-Rope and Rappel Tower, Multi-media Classrooms, and two onsite swimming pools for Helicopter Under-Water Egress Training (HUET) survival and rescue training programs.

More information: Contact us at info@Priority1AirRescue.com.