WELCOME TO PRIORITY 1 AIR RESCUE
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.
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!
“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.“
- November 3, 2016
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 [...]
Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award
Priority 1 Air Rescue, a world leader in providing SAR and Tactical Mission Training and Operational Support, today announced that the Era search and rescue (SAR) program is the 2017 winner of Helicopter Association International’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award. The annual award is presented to those who have advanced the use of helicopters in the vital mission of air medical transport.
Era pioneered the first U.S. commercial SAR program, in partnership with Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR). Era’s SAR program has responded to more than 1,050 emergency calls from more than 70 companies in the Gulf of Mexico. As the only search and rescue provider that is medically licensed in Texas and Louisiana, Era’s SAR program provides 24-hour offshore advanced life support medical care on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
“We are honored by the recognition for the excellence of Era’s SAR program, which offers the highest level of life-saving support for those in need,” said Chris Bradshaw, Era’s President and CEO. “Era’s SAR program is the premier search and rescue provider in the U.S., and this award is a testament to the dedicated teams at Era and our partner Priority 1 Air Rescue who have worked so hard to position our SAR program at the forefront of the industry.”
“Our partnership with Era SAR is a natural fit for Priority 1 Air Rescue’s search and rescue mission support expertise and I believe the program’s proven capability and success is evidence of that,” noted Brad Matheson, President of Priority 1 Air Rescue. “Together we’ve built a world-class SAR program and it is truly an honor for our SAR team members to be recognized by HAI for their efforts.”
Era’s SAR program can also support local, state and federal crisis emergency response efforts for various emergency situations.
About Priority 1 Air Rescue
P1AR, commonly referred to as the “One Stop SAR Shop” is solely focused on Helicopter SAR, Air Ambulance, and Tactical Training and Operations. With over 18 years of experience, and Search & Rescue Tactical Training Academies (SART/TAC) in the USA and France, P1AR has provided industry-leading synthetic and live flight mission training to well over 6,000 commercial, government, and military aircrews, on 26 helicopter types in 25 countries worldwide. P1AR also delivers and maintains dedicated aircrew staffing 24/7/365 comprised of Advanced Life Support SAR Paramedics, Hoist Operator/EMTs, and Helicopter Rescue Swimmer/EMTs, to support world class emergency aeromedical and SAR response for commercial operators performing Commercial Oil and Gas, Government, and Military DOD SAR and Air Ambulance services.