Bristow Search and Rescue: UK Operations
At Bristow Search and Rescue, we take immense pride in our ongoing role providing the 999 helicopter SAR service to HM Coastguard, part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of HM Government in the United Kingdom.
In summer 2013, Bristow Helicopters began delivery of the UK Gap SAR contract for Northern Scotland on behalf of HM Coastguard, flying Sikorsky S-92 aircraft from bases at Sumburgh, in Shetland, and Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.
The Department for Transport awarded us the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s helicopter search and rescue contract, on behalf of HM Coastguard, which began in April 2015.
Today, we operate 10 strategically located helicopter bases around the UK, responding to incidents overland, around the coast and at sea.
We operate a dual fleet of search and rescue-configured Sikorsky S-92A and Leonardo AW189 aircraft, specifically designed for maximum capability in the face of the operational challenges of the seas, dynamic coastline and mountains of the UK.
Throughout the delivery of this vital, life-saving service, Bristow’s pilots, winch paramedics, winch operators, engineers and support staff have devoted themselves to building upon our reputation as the international leader in rotary aviation.