Rescue Specialist - Swimmer

Cougar Helicopters Inc. currently has an opportunity for a full-time permanent Rescue Specialist - Swimmer.


General Job Definition

The Rescue Specialist - Swimmer is a key component of Cougar Helicopters' Search and Rescue (SAR) capability. The successful candidate will be equipped and trained to respond to a variety of emergency situations, including day/night search and rescue capability via the use of helicopter hoist, associated equipment and deployment of air droppable survival gear, rendering advanced medical assistance to those in need. The Rescue Specialist - Swimmer reports to the SAR Base Lead and also to the Rescue Specialist Shift Lead for operational requirements.

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Safely execute rescue operations from a rotary wing aircraft in all operational environments;
  • Participate in dynamic flight operations utilizing night vision goggles;
  • Responsible for the packaging and handling of the patient/survivor from the scene to a higher level of medical care;
  • Compliance with all company SOP’s, directives and training requirements;
  • Ensuring all SAR equipment is inspected and maintained within SAR inventory;
  • Preparation of the aircraft for medevac flights;
  • Participating in all assigned SAR mission briefings and debriefings;
  • Loading the aircraft with the appropriate SAR equipment;
  • Maintaining flight currencies, training minimums, and technical rescue certifications as applicable;
  • Deploy air-droppable rescue equipment as required;
  • Conduct medevac flights, assisting medical personnel as requested; and
  • Participate in Safety Management System (SMS) activities to include supporting and promoting the safety culture, reporting all aviation safety-related issues, and adhering to the processes related to accomplishing SMS goals;

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must undergo and pass initial Rescue Specialist - Swimmer swim test and physical fitness test prior to operational release;
  • High School Diploma or equivalent;
  • Knowledge of and experience using Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, and Excel;
  • Advanced Level II First Aid and CPR qualification or equivalent / PCP deemed an asset;
  • Possess or able to gain certification in Basic Survival Training (BST); and
  • Advanced Swimming Skills / CABA.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • BTLS/ALS and Oxygen (O²) Therapy;
  • Well versed in advanced rescue techniques and equipment. This includes rescue situations ranging from high hoists, confined areas, elevated platforms, off center hoists, water rescue and vessel hoisting operations;
  • Ambulance and helicopter medevac operations;
  • Airmanship skills;
  • Ability to work in a team atmosphere; and
  • Ability to work professionally under pressure.

Special Requirements

  • Maintaining an appropriate medical certificate for SAR operations as determined by the company;
  • Must complete an annual medical examination and physical fitness test;
  • Be physically fit to endure the rigors of rescue operations in hostile environments and challenging weather patterns;
  • Radio Operator License;
  • Controlled Goods Certification;
  • Helicopter Underwater Emergency Breathing Apparatus;
  • Pyrotechnic / Smoke / Flare Safety;
  • Night Vision Goggle (NVG) capability; and
  • WHIMIS / TDG by Air Qualification

Interested parties should forward their resume to Human Resources by emailing no later than the close of business on July 5, 2022. Please attach a resume in the form of PDF or Microsoft Word document and identify your interest in the position by stating the subject line: "CHI-RSw-07-2022”.

Posted: June 21, 2022

Reports To: SAR Base Lead

Hours Of Work: 12 Hours Shift (Days and Nights)

Deadline: July 5, 2022

Apply Now

We greatly appreciate your interest in Cougar. Because of the large volume of applications that we receive, it is impossible for us to speak with every candidate personally. After review of our staffing requirements and matching the candidate credentials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.