The critical mission of the Search and Rescue Department (SAR) is to maintain the well-being of all North Slope Borough residents.  SAR provides a safe, rapid and reliable response to aero medical evacuation (medevac), search and rescue, and other emergencies.

SAR maintains a high degree of readiness.  The quality of service is to be without compromise.  The department is required by public law to operate aircraft in accordance with:

  • 14 CFR Part 61: Certification of pilots and instructors,
  • 14 CFR Part 67: Medical standards and certification,
  • 14 CFR Part 91: General operating and flight rules, and
  • 14 CFR Part 43: Maintenance, preventative maintenance, rebuilding, and alterations. 

The critical nature of our mission is both demanding and potentially hazardous. SAR equipment must be maintained to the highest standard. SAR personnel must be trained and certified to the highest levels. SAR combines efforts with the Fire Department Medevac Division to provide patient care during medevacs.  SAR participates in community affairs, educating the public on seasonal traveling practices, outdoor preparedness, and safety.

SAR currently operates 4 aircraft.  All are capable of day, night, visual or instrument meteorological conditions flight. The Pilatus PC24, King Air 350, and S-92 are capable of operating in known icing conditions and high altitude flight. SAR has four divisions: Administration, SAR, Flight, and Maintenance.  All work together under the department director providing services to the North Slope Borough residents.


Heather Dingman, Director
Phone Number: (907) 852-2822
Fax Number: (907) 852-2826