The “Gauntlet” Glove Now Available

Gauntlet GloveAir Rescue Systems proudly announces the release of the “Gauntlet” Hoist Operator’s Glove.

General Features

  • Exceptional Durability through hundreds or even thousands of hoist cycles
  • 5 times more cut resistant than Kevlar
  • Designed to be used with lubricated and non-lubricated cables
  • Extensive use with the new 4X19 “Four-Strand” Hoist Cable with overwhelming success
  • Robust, integrated “Thumb-Web” overlapping design
  • Doesn’t shed and imbed material into cable like leather (Leather + Oil + Dirt = Wear!)
  • Light weight and fits over most Nomex and tactical style gloves


  • Made from Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene blended with other proprietary fibers
  • No metal or glass fibers used
  • Designed for Superior abrasion resistance
  • Secure Hook and Loop wrist closure


  • Available in One-Size Fits all “Over-Glove” and “Full-Fingered” version in M, L, and XL
  • Over-Glove in Black and Tan, Full-Fingered Glove in Tan (ask about Nomex options)
  • Order L or R hand as singles or by the pair

View the “Gauntlet” Glove details, video and photos at

Download the The Gauntlet Glove Press Release flyer.

Contra County Sheriff’s Office STARR 1 Lifts An Injured Hiker

In a joint operation, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District rescued an injured bicyclist on Sunday. This was the first joint short-haul rescue by the Sheriff’s Office and CON Fire after months of on-going training.

The Sheriff’s Office STARR 1 helicopter was used for a long-line short haul extraction. The extraction involved a Fire Captain Paramedic, Sheriff’s Office Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) and a Contra Costa County Search and Rescue member.

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Air Rescue Systems is featured in Vertical 911 Magazine!


Air Rescue Systems is honored to be featured in Vertical 911 Magazine! Thanks to the incredible photography by Dan Megna, and the hard work of Contra Costa S.T.A.R.R. Team.


Our program delivery is built around a core concept of “Total Team” solutions combined with theory/skill specific modules. We believe in a crawl, walk, run philosophy. Each course is custom built around the agency’s requirements, operating environment, mission objectives and current/desired capabilities.


Read the full article to find out more about our unique training curriculum and response based teaching techniques.



Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office Short Haul Rescue Training

Air Rescue Systems Corp. (ARS) was privileged to have just completed stand-up Short Haul rescue operations training for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s (CCCSO) “STARR ONE” Aviation Unit. The training was performed in the CCCSO back yard on Mt Diablo, a wilderness area which, encompasses more than 90,000 acres and generates many technical rescues each year.


The STARR ONE Team is comprised of Sheriff’s Office Pilot, TFOs, Contra Costa County Fire Captain Paramedics and CCCSO SAR Team members. This unique approach reduces the impact of taxing one unit for personnel and brings the strengths of differing backgrounds and skills to the unit. STARR ONE operates a Bell 407 and is eagerly awaiting delivery of their new bell 407GX in mid 2015.


Training was conducted over 8 days and curriculum included Helicopter Operations Safety, CRM, Risk Management, Communications and Emergency Procedures. The field portion started with a Vertical Reference and Precision Flying Course followed by close quarters work around the helicopter, skid insertion/extraction, Short Haul systems, Short Haul insertion/extraction, rescue systems and Short Haul rescue techniques.


The 8 days culminated in scenario based response with the STARR ONE team responding to a lengthy and difficult, staged rescue of multiple victims in demanding terrain. Intel gathering, planning, risk management and operational response were left to the team with ARS instructors monitoring the execution. “it’s always a proud moment to see a team bond and respond at such a high level. They performed exceptionally well” noted Bob Cockell, VP of ARS.


“I want to take a few moments to thank you and your entire staff. You guys definitely blew away our expectations with your knowledge, training structure, and professionalism. This was a once in a life time experience for myself and the crew. I know the future and successes of the unit will be indebted to you and your company for this training. My hope is to continue this relationship with future training and opportunities as it becomes available.”

Lieutenant Jose Beltran
Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff
Marine Patrol / Air Support Unit


Air Rescue Systems Corporation (ARS) provides cutting edge, Advanced Helicopter “Response, Training, and Equipment”, at home and around the world. ARS, established as the industry leader due in large part to our core philosophy of providing “total Team” solutions to difficult mission profiles. Based on real-world knowledge and experience, the ARS Team utilizes new techniques, progressive training concepts, and innovative equipment to accomplish your organization’s goals.



HAI Heli-Expo 2015, another great year!

Thank you to our friends and customers for another very successful HAI Heli-Expo 2015! The booth was packed for all three days and received great feedback from attendees. The ARS crew met many new operators, rescuers and pilots from around the world and struck many new relationships for training and response. Comments and input for the new gear out this year was excellent…user-driven equipment and systems is at the heart of our manufacturing process.


See you all next year in Louisville, KY!! –