Course Catalogue

Overview

Priority 1 Air Rescue provides specifically suited training courses targeted for Operators engaged in Helicopter Search and Rescue, Military/MOD, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Industry/Utility Power Linemen, and Offshore Oil and Gas operations.

A Certificate will be issued to students who successfully complete the required program performance standards. On successful completion, students will receive certification to FAA (FARS), JAR-OPS, and Transport Canada (CARS) training

SART

SART/TAC P1AR Basic Inland SAR Mission Hoist Training

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Basic SAR Hoist Training Course meets and exceeds the training standards of the Authority. This syllabus is designed to provide participants with the most current information on helicopter safety, mission preparation, emergency response, hazard mitigation, and technical rescue procedures for personnel performing helicopter rescue hoist operations. This 9 modules course includes classroom, static aircraft cabin mock-up simulation, Virtual Hoist Simulator flight demonstrations, Hoist Procedural Tower practice, and scenario based mission training. Course participant evaluation will be written knowledge tests and practical examinations will be in a skills checklist format.

SART/TAC P1AR Advanced SAR Mission: Maritime Vessel Rescue

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Maritime/Boat Vessel Hoist Rescue course (Wet Winching and Deck Transfer Advanced SAR) syllabus is designed to provide participants with training, practice and ability to perform helicopter SAR Operations over maritime vessels in a 360o Virtual Reality/Simulated environment. Students are provided hoist training opportunities to various types of vessels in various sea states.  Students conduct Parallel, Standard and DIW hoist approaches. Course is designed to also test students’ knowledge on hoist emergency procedures while introducing day/night changing beaufort sea states. Upon completion of the SART/TAC course, P1AR instructors will travel to the customer’s location to perform live flight training. Please reference the P1AR Advanced SAR Mission Maritime Vessel Rescue Training course for additional information.

P1AR Basic Inland SAR Mission Hoist Training

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Basic SAR Hoist Training Course meets and exceeds the training standards of the Authority. This syllabus is designed to provide participants with the most current information on helicopter safety, mission preparation, emergency response, hazard mitigation, and technical rescue procedures for personnel performing helicopter rescue/special operations. This 9 modules course includes classroom, static aircraft practice, flight demonstrations and practice, and scenario based training. Course participant evaluation will be written knowledge tests and practical examinations will be in a skills checklist format.

Advanced SAR

P1AR Advanced SAR Mission:  Flood/Swift Water Rescue

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Flood/Swift Water Training Course is specifically geared towards those rescue operators exposed to harsh water conditions.  This training course provides the pilot and air crewman with the factors involved when conducting flash flood or swift water rescues as well as flood rescues.  The courses provide the students with an overview of forces created by water hydraulic flow as well as their expected behavior

P1AR Advanced SAR Mission: Mountain/ Cliff Rescue

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Mountain/Vertical Surface Cliff Rescue Training Course is designed to provide participants the training and ability to perform these challenging missions. This training course provides the pilot and rear-crew with all the factors and techniques involved when conducting operations in Mountainous and Vertical surface environments. The courses provide the students with an overview of forces created by mountainous areas, as well as the expected behaviour for the aircraft.

P1AR Advanced SAR Mission: Maritime Vessel Rescue

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Maritime/Boat Vessel Hoist Rescue course (Wet Winching and Deck Transfer Advanced SAR) syllabus is designed to provide participants with training, practice and ability to perform helicopter SAR Operations over maritime vessels in an open water environment.

P1AR Advanced SAR Mission: Ocean Rescue

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Ocean course (open water SAR) syllabus is designed to provide participants with training, practice and ability to perform helicopter SAR Ocean Rescue in an open water environment.

P1AR Advanced SAR Mission: Night Unaided Hoist Rescue

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Night Unaided Hoist Rescue Training Course is designed to be custom tailored to fit customer’s operational night mission requirements.  The P1AR Night Unaided Hoist Training Course encompass the most up-to-date information, techniques and procedures for implementing Night Unaided in a new or pre-existing aviation program. Training courses are customized and categorized according to the level of experience of the customer and the requirements of the customer to ensure that all aspects are completed safely and efficiently.

P1AR Advanced SAR Mission: Night NVG Hoist Recue

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Hoist Rescue Training Course is designed to be custom tailored to fit customer’s operational night mission requirements.  The P1AR Night NVG Hoist Training Course encompass the most up-to-date technology, information, techniques and procedures for implementing Night NVG in a new or pre-existing aviation program. Training courses are customized and categorized according to the level of experience of the customer and the requirements of the customer to ensure that all aspects are completed safely and efficiently.

P1AR Annual Recurrent Hoist Rescue Training

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Basic SAR Hoist Training Re-Currency Training Course meets and exceeds the training standards of the Aviation Authority. This syllabus is designed to provide participants with the most current information on helicopter safety, mission preparation, emergency response, hazard mitigation, and technical rescue procedures for personnel performing helicopter rescue/special operations. This 9 modules course includes classroom, static aircraft practice, flight demonstrations and practice, and scenario based training. Course participant evaluation will be written knowledge tests and practical examinations will be in a skills checklist format.

Basic SAR Mission Planning

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Basic SAR Mission Planning Training Course is essential to any agency that is new to the helicopter SAR environment and is mandated to perform searches for missing overdue persons, aircraft, or vessels. This course considers all factors involved in planning and coordinating basic search missions and further ensures all helicopter aircrews conducting SAR missions are standardized, trained and capable to conduct basic searches, and interoperable with other SAR agencies.

SART/TAC P1AR Tactical Mission Fast Rope

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Fast-Rope Training Course is designed to provide participants with Tactical Fast-Roper, Fast-Rope master, to perform Tactical Fast-Rope insertion missions. Training is conducted at P1AR SART/TAC using the elevated Hoist Procedural Tower as the Helicopter platform.  This controlled training environment allows students to Fast Rope from the helicopter platform to the deck, get comfortable with the procedures and emergencies before conducting live flight training.  Each section of this syllabus is designed to help the student achieve proficiency, standardization, and safety in the performance of Tactical or rescue operations via Fast-Roping methods. This training program syllabus will be used to qualify the customer’s Fast-Rope team to deploy to remote access and/or urban, maritime vessel environments.

SART/TAC Aerial Use of Force/Aerial Gunnery

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s SART/TAC Virtual Simulator is used to provide Aerial Use of Force/Gunnery training syllabi, operational tactics, aerial gunnery program, and Use of Force Doctrine which are modelled after the aerial gunnery training course curriculum still in use today by the USCG and developed by P1AR’s members. This course of instruction consist of 38 different training modules ranging from small arms qualifications to 50 Cal qualifications, Weapons Course of fire, Aircraft safety/operations, Personal Protection Equipment, Warning Fire, Disabling Fire, use of force Continuum, Night firing using NVGs (separate course), suppression fire, judgmental shoot – don’t shoot training, and Endgame tactics and procedures. All thirty-eight Aerial Gunnery training modules are detailed with job tasks, training objectives, enabling objectives, and evaluations.

Tactical

P1AR Basic Tactical Mission Rappelling/Abseiling

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Rappel/Abseiling Training Course is designed to provide participants with rappel, rappel master, and pilot techniques to perform rappel insertion missions. Each section of this syllabus is designed to help the student achieve proficiency, standardization, and safety in the performance of Tactical or rescue operations via Rappelling methods. This training program syllabus will be used to qualify the customer’s Rappel team to deploy to remote access and/or urban environments. This course may be conducted in conjunction with our Fast Rope course as well.

P1AR Basic Tactical Mission Fast-Rope

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Fast-Rope Training Course is designed to provide participants with Tactical Fast-Roper, Fast-Rope master, and pilot techniques to perform Tactical Fast-Rope insertion missions. Each section of this syllabus is designed to help the student achieve proficiency, standardization, and safety in the performance of Tactical or rescue operations via Fast-Roping methods. This training program syllabus will be used to qualify the customer’s Fast-Rope team to deploy to remote access and/or urban, maritime vessel environments. This course may be conducted in conjunction with our Rappelling/Abseiling course as well.

P1AR Basic Utility External Load/Short Haul

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Basic Utility External Load / Short Haul Training Course covers operational instruction for external load utility missions and HEC Short Haul planning, flight strategies, emergency procedures, use of proper short haul equipment, and incident risk management.

P1AR Basic Utility External Load/Aerial Firefighting Mission

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Basic Utility External Load / Aerial Firefighting Training Course covers operational instruction for external load utility missions and fire suppression planning, flight strategies, fire suppression tactics, command and control, and incident management.

P1AR Tactical Team Integration to Airborne Assets Course

Priority 1 Air Rescues Tactical Team Integration to Airborne Assets Course will provide instruction on the mission planning and application for employing Tactical Teams in rural/urban environments to hostage rescues, active shooters, barricaded subjects, Emotionally Disturbed Persons (EDP), and other high risk operations.  The content of this course is primarily scenario based training, and will provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform complex missions including tactical high-rise and tower crane operations, and other complex missions. It is highly recommended that the tactical units and the airborne units of a law enforcement organization become effective and interoperable with Aviation units prior to maximize effectiveness.

P1AR Aerial Use of Force/Aerial Gunnery

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Aerial Use of Force/Gunnery training syllabi, operational tactics, aerial gunnery program, and Use of Force Doctrine are modelled after the aerial gunnery training course curriculum still in use today by the USCG and developed by P1AR’s Mark Torres. This course of instruction consist of 38 different training modules ranging from small arms qualifications to 50 Cal qualifications, Weapons Course of fire, Aircraft safety/operations, Personal Protection Equipment, Warning Fire, Disabling Fire, use of force Continuum, Night firing using NVGs (separate course), suppression fire, judgmental shoot – don’t shoot training, and Endgame tactics and procedures. All thirty-eight Aerial Gunnery training modules are detailed with job tasks, training objectives, enabling objectives, and evaluations.

P1AR Judgmental Shooting Course & Legal Articulation

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Judgmental Shooting Course provides tactical team members with the planning, evaluation, execution, and legal articulation of Air Borne use of Force and Sharpshooting. U.S. Supreme Court precedents have mandated that US agencies provide ongoing, realistic, effective judgmental shoot-don’t shoot training for all law enforcement agencies. Participants will discuss and practice law enforcement shooting scenarios whereby they have to determine if the individual has a weapon, has the intent and also is progressing to use that force.  Flight exercises are also provided to place the students and pilots in realistic environments they will see while performing aerial gunnery operations. Priority 1 Tactical Legal Articulation includes:

  • Unconventional Mission Planning/Concept of Operations
  • Paradigm shift to the Tactical Mindset & Tactical Operations Planning and Briefings
  • Plan presentation/approval to Command
  • Court testimony strategies for Tactical Operators & Legal Survival (Criminal and Civil)

 

Priority 1 Tactical Legal Articulation portion provides the vital link between successful deployment and successful prosecution.  We provide operators with the skills they need to present evidence professionally using terminology that works with the prosecution to present best case evidence and establish the credibility of the team. From mission planning to post event debriefing, Priority 1 Legal Articulation training provides the concepts and tools to ensure the tactical plan will withstand the scrutiny of criminal and civil courts

P1AR Airborne Armed Ship Boarding (ASB)

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Airborne Armed Ship Boarding will provide participants with overall methodology and high level tactical skill sets specifically intended to insert and employ Tactical Teams by helicopter to secure control of vessels held in potential or active threat. This course will cover team movement through close quarters, compartments, cargo holds, moving up and down ladders and clearing options. Dependent upon the customer’s mandate, ASB mission training may include the use of over-watch helicopters and RHIB vessels.

P1AR Hostage Rescue Course

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Hostage Rescue Course will provide the student with high level tactical methodology specifically intended to liberate hostages being held in potentially volatile circumstances. This course will include 1-Stronghold Assault 2-Open Air Assault 3-Basic Passenger Vehicle Assault.  Course participant evaluation will be written knowledge tests and practical examinations will be in a skills checklist format.

P1AR Tactical Tracking and Wilderness Techniques Course

Priority 1 Air Rescues Tactical Wilderness Techniques Course includes the various skill sets that are required to conduct tactical operations in a wilderness environment.  Camouflage methods, team movements, hide builds, arrest techniques, and bush surveillance are among the disciplines taught in this course. Course participant evaluation will be written knowledge tests and practical examinations will be in a skills checklist format.

P1AR Tactical Team Leader Course

Priority 1 Air Rescues Tactical Team Leader Course develops the tactical, strategic, and basic leadership skills required to successfully direct a tactical team.  Course participant evaluation will be written knowledge tests and practical examinations will be in a skills checklist format.

P1AR HUET (Helicopter Underwater Egress Training) Course

Helicopter Underwater Egress Training for customers to ensure that they are trained and prepared should an emergency water evacuation become necessary during one of their flights.  The P1AR syllabus and training program meets all requirements for emergency procedures training under FAA Parts 91 and 135.  P1AR utilizes the use of its full immersion/inversion dunker capable of inducing day and night disorientation simulating pre-ditching considerations and procedures, emergency ditching and evacuation procedures, upright emergency evacuation and emergency evacuation will be covered during the training course

P1AR Water Egress Survival Course

P1AR’s Water egress survival training includes training on hazards to aircraft and personnel during overwater operations. Pre-ditching considerations and procedures, emergency ditching and evacuation procedures, upright emergency evacuation, emergency evacuation, surface water survival will be covered during the training course.

For underwater escape training, P1AR utilizes the use of its full immersion/inversion dunker capable of inducing day and night disorientation. It is through this training that P1AR emphasizes to students the importance of aircraft reference points while egressing out of the aircraft.  Water survival training culminates with water survival scenario training whereby the students must brace for impact, egress the underwater escape training device with/without the use of in a day and night (blindfolded) scenario and then upon surfacing inflate their life preserver and swim to and climb into the life-raft.

P1AR Technical Rope Rescue Training Course

Students learn and practice such skills as preplanning, size-up and scene management, ascending and descending, belaying, mechanical advantage systems, lowering and raising systems, patient packaging and litter attending, tethers, highlines and use of Specialized Rescue Equipment – including discussions of Class I-III harnesses, chest harnesses, rigging plates, pulleys, swivels, edge protection, and tripods. P1AR’s course is designed to take students from basic rescues to progressively more vertical high angle tech rope rescue scenarios and addresses the techniques required for team-rescue as well as helicopter extrication.

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