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UK Search and Rescue

Proud of Long British Heritage

Bristow Helicopters is proud to have been awarded the contract to operate civilian search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service for the UK on behalf of Her Majesty's Coastguard. The contract represents a continuation of Bristow’s British heritage of providing first-class SAR services in the UK. It is a great success for Bristow Helicopters and a huge endorsement of the company’s reputation for excellence in SAR.

This is a service that people rely on in a time of need. Bristow Helicopters fully understands the responsibilities that go with providing search and rescue in the UK and the company is committed to delivering a service that meets and exceeds the high expectations demanded. Bristow is working closely with national and local agencies such as the coastguard, police, fire service, mountain rescue teams and voluntary community groups, to ensure the delivery of a world-class SAR operation in the UK.

Experienced Crews

Bristow crews are experienced and highly skilled, and are trained, qualified and certified to the highest standards to coordinate and execute SAR operations.

The company has enormous respect for the service that its military colleagues have provided over the last 70 years of UK Search and Rescue. Their legacy, heritage and experience is being honored and carried forward by Bristow in the new contract.

Bristow Helicopters has welcomed many ex-military personnel to its civilian SAR workforce after delivering SAR with the Royal Air Force or Royal Navy. Their experience and local knowledge is a vital part of maintaining exceptional service in the UK.

Go Live

The UK SAR contract began in April 2015 and will run until 2026. Bristow’s ten UK SAR bases are going live in a phased approach.