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

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.
  • 14 CFR 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 works in partnership with the NSB Fire Department Medical Division to provide patient care during medevacs.


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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