Bristow Helicopters Assists Louisiana Floods Rescue Efforts

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In cooperation with the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for Livingston Parish, Bristow Group provided SAR-equipped helicopters to the Louisiana flood relief efforts, performing numerous rescue missions over the weekend. (Photo: Bristow Group)

August 17, 2016 – Bristow has supported helicopter rescue efforts for Louisiana residents affected by flooding in the areas surrounding Livingston and East Baton Rouge. Bristow teams from bases at Galliano and New Iberia quickly mobilized the company’s response to provide critical care to those in need.

Utilizing an advanced Leonardo SAR AW139, a Sikorsky S-76C++ and a Bell 407 aircraft, Bristow crews carried out several missions over the two days to provide critical assistance to displaced residents and their pets. The emergency calls and SAR taskings were communicated to Bristow’s SAR dispatch, which were triaged for severity and relayed to rescue crews. Their efforts took place in close coordination with the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for Livingston Parish.

Due to their extensive experience with SAR, the crews have plenty of experience when performing responsive risk assessments that adapt as the situation unfolds.

Bristow’s SAR AW139 helicopter is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for search and rescue missions, including a 700Mhz radio that allows for communication with the multiagency responders, mission management capabilities, external rescue hoist system and critical care medical equipment. Onboard the aircraft are two pilots, hoist operator, rescue swimmer and flight paramedic.