Era pioneered the first U.S. commercial search-and-rescue (SAR) program in partnership with Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR). Era’s SAR program has responded to more than 1,050 emergency calls from more than 70 companies in the Gulf of Mexico.
Operating three SAR-equipped AW139 medium helicopters from Houma, Louisiana, and Galveston, Texas, Era was the first emergency flight services provider to configure the AW139 for full SAR mission capabilities. As the only SAR provider that is medically licensed in Texas and Louisiana, Era’s program provides 24-hour offshore advanced life support medical care on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
The SAR program is supported by four certified emergency medical dispatchers; 18 pilots qualified in instrument flight rules, night-vision goggles, air ambulance, and hoist rescues; and 36 P1AR medically qualified rescue specialists — making it the most comprehensive program serving the OCS. Era’s SAR program can support local, state, and federal crisis emergency response efforts for various emergency situations.
Era SAR is considered one of the world’s premier search and rescue operations, able to conduct emergency response in extreme environments. In 2015, Era participated in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Arctic Technology Evaluation on Alaska’s North Slope to identify the benefits of integrating manned and unmanned aerial systems in search and rescue missions.
Era Sar is considered one of the world's premier search and rescue operations, able to conduct emergency response in extreme environments.
The exercise showed the capabilities and expertise of participants in support of arctic SAR efforts and other such missions. Era AW139 SAR pilots worked with P1AR crews to establish interoperability among marine and aviation assets during recovery at the rescue scene.