Era Helicopters LLC and Priority 1 Air Rescue Inc. Announce Implementation of Air Search and Rescue (SAR) and Emergency Medical Services operations

Era Helicopters LLC (Era) and Priority 1 Air Rescue Inc. (P1AR) announced today the implementation of a teaming arrangement to jointly provide Search and Rescue (SAR) and Emergency Medical Services operations in the Gulf of Mexico and abroad.

Together, Era and P1AR are now offering FAA-approved full-service SAR and Emergency Medical Services capability and turnkey solutions to offshore Oil & Gas companies. The P1AR crews including pilots, hoist operators, rescue swimmers and flight paramedics will supplement Era’s state-of-the-art AW-139 and EC-225 helicopters dedicated to the program. These aircraft types have flight performance capabilities to execute deepwater maritime SAR and Emergency Medical Services operations at distances up to 250 nautical miles offshore.

This innovative service capability was jointly developed and initiated recently when P1AR completed its Class D Human External Cargo rescue training for Era at the Era Training Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana. “The introduction of this type of service symbolizes a significant step forward in operational safety in the Gulf of Mexico by offering customers the availability of incredibly comprehensive helicopter SAR and Emergency Medical Services to facilitate emergency response,” said P1AR lead SAR crewman Bob Watson.

“P1AR brings a wealth of hoisting and rescue experience to combine with Era’s well-trained flight crews and latest technology SAR-equipped AW-139s and EC-225s,” stated David Stepanek, Era Helicopters, Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer. “We are pleased to join with P1AR to provide SAR and hoisting service to the Oil & Gas market or wherever these services are needed.”

The P1AR SAR aircrews are trained and certified with United States National Registry Paramedic licenses to the highest national and international rescue and aviation standards, and are also multi-disciplined as hoist operators, helicopter rescue swimmers, and paramedics, also capable of providing ground-based technical rescue support for high angle rope rescue, worker entrapment and confined space rescue support on various oil platforms and vessels.

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About Era Helicopters LLC

Operating over 170 helicopters globally, Era Helicopters LLC, based in Lake Charles, LA, remains at the forefront of the oil and gas support industry with its technologically advanced helicopter fleet. Era and its subsidiaries provide personnel transport services to the shallow and deepwater oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, air medical transport services within the U.S., leasing services to third parties worldwide and a variety of aviation-related services at its FBO in Anchorage, Alaska. Era is committed to service and safety excellence in every aspect of its operations.

About Priority 1 Air Rescue

Priority 1 Air Rescue, commonly referred to as the “One Stop SAR Shop” is solely focused on Helicopter SAR and is a proven industry-leader providing FAA approved Helicopter Rescue Training, Helicopter Search and Rescue products, and total SAR program support services. Its Class D Human External Cargo Hoist Rescue Training has been provided to more than 900 SAR Pilots, Rescue Technicians and SAR Aircrew worldwide in all environments from the South America jungles to the Middle Eastern deserts, atop the Canadian mountains, over the Pacific Ocean and to the extreme frigid Alaskan Interior. Priority 1 Air Rescue has extensive experience on all types of Agusta, Eurocopter, Sikorsky, MDHI, and Bell Helicopters providing mission training on all facets of Emergency Response and Special Operations.