The Critical mission of Search and Rescue Department (SAR) is to maintain the well being of all North Slope Borough residents.

SAR provides safe, efficient and reliable airborne response to aero medical evacuation (medevac), search and rescue, and other emergencies.

The SAR 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.
  • 14 CFR Part 43: Maintenance, preventative maintenance, rebuilding, and alterations.

SAR currently operates 4 aircraft. All are capable of day, night, visual or instrument meteorological flight conditions. All are utilized in both SAR and medevac roles. The two rotary wing helicopters (Bell 412) are equipped for enhanced night vision (NVG) operations. The two fixed wing airplanes (Learjet 31A and Beechcraft King Air 350CER) are capable of operating in known icing conditions and high altitude flight.


April D. Brooks, Director
Phone Number: (907) 852-2822
Fax Number: (907) 852-2826