Department Mission

The Search and Rescue Department is committed to providing safe and reliable airborne response to medical evacuation (medevac), search and rescue missions, and other emergencies. 
We strive to work collaboratively with NSB SAR volunteers and other agencies across the North Slope region for ground, air and water search and rescue missions.

General information

The NSB SAR Department is required by federal regulations to operate aircraft in accordance with:

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

SAR currently operates four (4) aircraft; two (2) rotary wing aircraft and two (2) fixed wing aircraft. All are capable of day, night, visual and instrument meteorological conditions. All are utilized for both SAR and medevac missions. SAR has four (4) divisions: Administration, Flight, Maintenance and SAR Coordination. SAR combines emergency response efforts with the NSB Fire Department Medevac Division and NSB SAR volunteers.


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

In the event of an emergency, please call NSBPD Dispatch at (907) 852-6111

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