Priority 1 Air Rescue operates two world-class Search and Rescue – Tactical Training Academies (SART/TAC) located in Mesa Arizona, and Bordeaux France, that are specifically suited to provide a full spectrum of Basic to Advanced Operational Mission Training Solutions for commercial, government, and military customers.

Classrooms are equipped with cutting edge instructional technology and training aids to include wireless interactive smart boards, student configured iPads, and other specifically suited training aids and devices.

Today effective mission training is not only accomplished by focusing solely on live flight training. Aircrew mission training can now be significantly enhanced and improved by employing ‘blended’ programs utilizing synthetic aircrew training and the use of virtual simulation. P1AR employs a full spectrum of course and range of training methods including academic ground school, hands on equipment practice, virtual SAR/Hoist/Aerial Gunnery synthetic training, hoist/fast-rope tower practice, and pool training (for HUET, rescue swimmer) which can be completed at SART/TAC prior to integrating live flight practice at the customers location.

Priority 1 Air Rescue leverages over 20 years of expertise with our proven live flight training and actual operational mission experience, that is combined with the latest synthetic technologies in order to provide ab-initio to advanced mission training solutions making our SART/TAC programs more effective and reducing the associated helicopter, while increasing the safety of the aircrews and capability to train course participants.

Scenario based SAR/Tactical exercises, pre-deployment training, and mission rehearsals are also conducted using the SAR/Aerial Gunnery Simulators where aircrews will perform relevant and challenging mission scenarios within highly realistic, diverse simulated environmental conditions, using the best helicopter hoist and aerial gunnery synthetic technology available supported by our experienced expert instructors.

“Through research & development, experience and innovation, Priority 1 Air Rescue strive to improve safety, efficiency and standardization of specialized helicopter rescue equipment, operations and training all while continuing to meet the unique demands of air rescue services and special air operations training around the world.”

John PonsonbySenior VP Training - AgustaWestland

SART/TAC Employs...

Virtual Helicopter Hoist SAR/Aerial Gunnery (M240/FN MAG, GAU 21 (M3M) and M134 weapons) Synthetic Training Devices

Hoist Procedural Training Towers

Employing actual helicopter hoist assemblies

ALSE Training Area, Fast-Rope and Rappel Tower

Advanced Life Support Synthetic Medical Training Mannequins

Multi-media Classrooms

Olympic size swimming pool for HUET and Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Training Programs

Click on the link below to review our course catalogue for information on all the courses offered by Priority 1 Air Rescue.

Click on the link below to view more information about the formats for courses offered by Priority 1 Air Rescue.

Priority 1 Air Rescue provided our crew with tailored training in accordance with the JAR OPS 3 HHO requirements that have allowed our pilots and crew to perform search and rescue duties over land and sea. They created very specific and relevant training courses that met our organizations particular needs.

Latvian State Border Guard

The crew of Trooper 4 recently had two night time NVG rescues. The weather and environment made the missions extremely challenging. We consider the safe resolutions of these rescues as a direct result of the training we receive every year from Priority 1 Air Rescue.

Delaware State Police Aviation Section

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