Tactical Element

Air Crew Survival

Air Crew Survival (ACS) is a 24-hour program of instruction that provides the initial training of advanced life support (ALS) level air medical crew members to extend their knowledge and skills beyond existing paramedic, nursing and respiratory care training curricula. This program of instruction covers the knowledge and competencies required for air medical programs to provide appropriate patient care at altitude and in the transport environment. It includes information and skills development in the following broad areas:

  • Background and history of air medical transport
  • Safety considerations
  • Pre-crash / Post-crash
  • Survival
  • Community, public relations, cultural competency, and legal issues
  • Basic survival medicine
  • Patient assessment and packaging
  • The physiology of transport in the air medical environment
  • Assessment and care of casualties with a wide range of diseases and traumatic injuries
  • Knowledge and competencies required by air medical programs that transport specialized and high-risk patient groups


Course Seating:
Limited to 24 participants

Course Length:
24 Hours

Continuing Education:
Tactical Element is a Board Approved Educational Provider (50-17997) for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic (PMD) training by the State of Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

Air Crew Survivial (ACS) (20-XXXXXX) awards 24 Continuing Education (CE) Hours through CE Broker, applicable to the EMT (NREMT), Advanced EMT (NRAEMT) and Paramedic (NRP) Refresher Requirements in accordance with Recertification Requirements as prescribed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

24 CE Hours

Instructors assigned to the Air Crew Survival (ACS) course are seasoned career flight crew personnel possessing verified and documented experienced air medical crew members specializing in flight medicine, survival, and search and rescue.

Instructor Training Jackets (ITJ) are maintained by Tactical Element and available for review.

Certifications Earned:
Air Crew Survival (ACS)

1. Texts

  • Air Medical Crew National Standard Curriculum – Advanced Student
  • Flight Nursing Principles and Practices; Lee, Genell; 1991
  • Flight Paramedic Certification, A Comprehensive Study Guide; Faudree, Kyle; 2011