UK Search and Rescue
UK SAR Helicopter Service
In 2013, Bristow Helicopters Limited won the UK Government national contract to deliver search and rescue operations on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Seven of 10 strategically located bases took over the helicopter civilian SAR responsibility from the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy in a phased approach throughout 2015 and 2016. The existing Coastguard bases at Lee-On-Solent and Stornoway became part of the UK contract in April 2017, followed by Sumburgh in July 2017.
Bristow now operates from 10 coastguard helicopter bases around the UK on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coastguard to respond to all SAR incidents for the whole of the UK. This is a service that people rely on in a time of need. Bristow fully understands the responsibilities that go with providing the SAR helicopter service in the UK and the company is committed to delivering a service that meets and exceeds the high expectations demanded.
Bristow is working closely with national and local agencies such as the coastguard, police, fire service, mountain rescue teams and voluntary community groups, to ensure the delivery of a world-class SAR operation in the UK.
Bristow crews are experienced and highly skilled, and are trained, qualified and certified to the highest standards to coordinate and execute SAR operations.
The company has enormous respect for the service that its military colleagues have provided over the last 70 years of UK Search and Rescue. Their legacy, heritage and experience is being honored and carried forward by Bristow in the contract.
Bristow Helicopters has welcomed many ex-military personnel to its civilian SAR workforce after delivering SAR with the Royal Air Force or Royal Navy. Their experience and local knowledge is a vital part of maintaining exceptional service in the UK.