The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) and Air Greenland have extended the current Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter preparedness in Greenland until 31 December 2018. Thus, Arctic Command also has the SAR helicopter at their disposal in 2018.
The content of the contract in force for the period from 1 January 2016, and up to and including 31 December 2017, is therefore extended for one year without further changes.
The civil SAR preparedness consists of a dedicated S61 helicopter based in Kangerlussuaq, which is on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It is supplemented with a Bell 212 helicopter based in Qaqortoq, which is on standby 8 hours a day, Monday to Saturday and throughout the year. Both helicopters are equipped with a hoist system, allowing for evacuation from sea level, ships/boats, from deep canyons and from impassable mountain peaks. The crew, which typically consists of two pilots, one mechanic plus a hoist operator, must be mobilised within one hour upon call-out.
Air Greenland specifically trains for all kinds of rescue operations and willingly participates in all exercises initiated by Arctic Command. It is such a collaboration that in terms of exercises and operationally, it provides an optimal preparedness for the benefit of the whole of the Greenlandic society.