This program is designed to provide the introductory information required by mountain rescue and search and rescue personnel for safe operation in and around helicopters. The program also provides a tool for annual review for the experienced responder.


This material is designed for search and rescue professionals that work occasionally with helicopters in their search and/or rescue operations.

At the conclusion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Recognize key issues that contribute to effective use of helicopters in search and rescue,
  • Understand the basic functions and operation of helicopters,
  • Identify key elements of aerodynamics, helicopter design and controls, and
  • Implement helicopter management and safety precautions.


To achieve the Certificate  of Completion, participants must review each of the five Lessons, complete a Comprehension Quiz after each lesson, and score 80% or better on the Final  Exam.


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