Responsible for conducting air search and rescue (SAR), utilizing helicopters to locate lost, stranded, and/or abandoned individuals who may or may not be injured or in need of medical attention. Advance and Basic Life Support (ACLS/BLS) medical treatment may be performed if needed. Air rescue may include but not be limited to technical rescues skills utilizing hoist or short-haul techniques in urban and rural areas, mountainous terrain, swift water, still water, or offshore rescues and on-scene medical evacuations of disaster victims with life threatening injuries.

Helicopter Search and/or Rescue Technician position within a helicopter rescue unit (single resource) that performs search and/or rescue functions inside and outside the aircraft and typically may include rappelling, short haul, hoist operations, and water insertions on any of the following credential-specific disciplines: search,  rescue, urban, wilderness, mountain, disaster, stillwater, swiftwater


  • Water confidence

  • Pass NFPA swim Test (will be done in class)

  • Rope Rescue Class or equivalent training (DONE IN CLASS)

  • Pass TRC1 physical fitness exam (can be done any time or during TRC1 INDOC class)

  • Air Medical Class or CFRN/FP-C certification (EMT must complete TRC1 INDOC class, and 6 days of TRC1 Air Medical Class)

  • Helicopter water egress training in the last two years (Certification has to be evaluated by staff)

  • DAN insurance  can purchased at (https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/insurance/dive/)


A combination of lectures, skills labs, pool skills, open water skills and live scenario training will be used during this class. The course is six (6) days long with some night operations. 


  • Water Rescue Training

  • Elevated Rescue Swimmer Deployment

  • Live Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Deployment

  • Live Helicopter Hoist Operations

  • Tactical and Wilderness Medicine

On successful completion of this class student will receive Helicopter  SAR Operations Level Certification, Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Operation Level Certification, Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Certification(NAEMT), and Red Cross Wilderness First Aid.  

Helicopter SAR Tech Certification
(AKA Advance Certification)
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