Flight Officers are the heartbeat of the aircrew. They coordinate the search efforts from above with a comprehensive suite of communications equipment, ensuring that ground units can be guided towards a located search victim in a timely manner. Flight Officers come from many backgrounds such as aviation, law enfocement, fire/EMS, emergency management, military, government and the private sector. VASARS will provide all necessary training to become a certified VASARS Flight Officer.
The requirements to become a VASARS Flight Officer are:
- Good overall physical fitness, eyesight and hearing
- Ability to read and understand a variety of maps and charts
- A willingness to learn about maps, maritime charts, radio chatter, aerial search, first aid, the national airspace system, UAS operations, survival equipment and helicopter operations
- The ability to be on-call to respond when called upon by partner agencies and citizens
Your training at VASARS will help you develop and hone these skills.
Upon completion of your VASARS indoctrination training, Project Lifesaver certification, CPR/AED certification and several training flights you will be "winged" as a certified VASARS Flight Officer. The process can take as little as a month for strong candidates. On average the process takes 1 to 2 months.