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Helicopter Search & Rescue Technician

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The Advanced Helicopter Rescue & Recovery Specialist is a class for people 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. Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Life Support (ALS) medical treatment may be performed if needed. Air rescue and BLS or ALS may include but not be limited to technical rescues 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.

This course is based on NFPA 1006: Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications. This course will equip the student with the skills and knowledge to be able to prepare and operate in a search and rescue environment, evaluate lost person behavior, determine the need for specialty resources, apply appropriate search patterns, locate, and process evidence, navigate in a wilderness environment, and manage certain aspects of search and rescue. *This is a physically demanding course that requires students to be in good physical condition. 

The other purpose of this course is to learn the basic & advance techniques for rescue. To accomplish this overall purpose. The specific sub-purposes of the course are to provide the student with patient packaging and extrication skills, and the ability to apply the concepts and techniques above to practical rescue situations

Prolong Field Care (PFC) encompasses medical skills that are considered critical and essential. Any providers attempting PFC training, either individually or as a team, should have a working knowledge of basic PFC capabilities prior to attempting an FMP scenario. This may include individual medic training, familiarization with relevant equipment, and team task training. Experience demonstrates the need for at least one full day of training in basic skills prior to attempting an FMP scenario. 

Advanced Survival is a required portion of this course. It is designed to prepare students for participation in wilderness search and rescue activities and is a co-requisite to participation in our wilderness Search and Rescue courses.

The purpose of The Rescue Company 1 Helicopter Rescue program is to provide necessary skills and knowledge in performing lifesaving operations in Elevated platforms, and the importance of understanding the dangers of Technical Rescue operations.

Helicopter Search & Rescue Technician

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  • Lab Fees will depend on the Helicopter usage and fuel.

  • If you cancel an in-person course more than thirty (30) days before the course start date, you will be entitled to a full refund, minus a $150 Administrative Fee which will be withheld from any money owed under our refund policy.  If you cancel an in-person course thirty (30) days or less before the start date, you will not be entitled to any refund.  

    If you cancel an online or webinar course berfore beginning the course, or, in the case of time-based Online/ webinar courses, before the course begins, you will be entitled to a full refund.  Once you have begun an online or webinar course, or once a time-based online or webinar course begins, you will not be entitled to any refund.  

    Air Medical Students reserve the option to change enrollment to a future class at no extra charge.

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