About this course

This 1-hour course covers foundational safety and operational considerations for working with helicopters as a SAR responder. 

This course qualifies for the NASAR Basic Aviation and Safety or equivalent certificate prerequisite. CE HOURS 0.75. 


Principle videography for this course was conducted on SAR missions and trainings in southwest Colorado.

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome

    • Welcome to the SAR Helicopter Module

  • 02

    Preparing to Work with the Helicopter

    • Preparation

  • 03

    When the Helicopter Lands

    • Landing

  • 04

    Riding in the Helicopter

  • 05

    Setting up the Landing Zone

    • Helicopter LZ

  • 06

    LZ Radio Communications

    • LZ radio operations

  • 07

    Special Helicopter Rescue Techniques

    • Special Rescues

  • 08

    Considering Risk in Helicopter Operations

    • Risk Management

  • 09

    Supplemental Materials

    • Supplemental Materials

  • 10

    Quiz

    • Helicopter Operations Quiz

What others have to say about this course:

Dan Manzano

5 star rating

“Thanks Base-Medical for this online training, your information is very relevant for SAR Teams from anywhere in the world. Greetings from New Zealand ”

“Thanks Base-Medical for this online training, your information is very relevant for SAR Teams from anywhere in the world. Greetings from New Zealand ”

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Bob Coleman

5 star rating

“I appreciate the effort put in to this. I would swap in 2 more risk type questions. Much of the simple stuff will be handled by crew, but Helo Ops are a great place to work through: should we do this or maybe not.”

“I appreciate the effort put in to this. I would swap in 2 more risk type questions. Much of the simple stuff will be handled by crew, but Helo Ops are a great place to work through: should we do this or maybe not.”

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Ivo Kolchakov

5 star rating

“Excellent”

“Excellent”

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Jim Donovan

5 star rating

“helo”

“helo”

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Bart Sherman

5 star rating

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Troy Paul

5 star rating

“Informative ”

“Informative ”

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Elise Lowe

5 star rating

“simple straightforward introduction”

“simple straightforward introduction”

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Sandra Studer

5 star rating

“This was an excellent course for all SAR professionals! Important, potentially life saving safety protocols are addressed in this course. I would recommend this for everyone in our field whether helicopter rescues are common or not. ”

“This was an excellent course for all SAR professionals! Important, potentially life saving safety protocols are addressed in this course. I would recommend this for everyone in our field whether helicopter rescues are common or not. ”

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Jorge Sedano

5 star rating

“Claro y conciso”

“Claro y conciso”

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Joseph Villasista

5 star rating

“All the pertinent information ”

“All the pertinent information ”

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