36th Rescue Flight [36th RQF]
First known as the 48th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (ARRS), the unit was activated at Fairchild in 1971 with nine Bell UH-1N "Twin Hueys" and approximately 140 people.
In August 1976, the unit was designated Detachment 24, 40 ARRS, and downsized to five aircraft and 57 people. Then in November 1987, the unit was renamed Detachment 24, 37th Air Rescue Squadron. On 1 October 1988, helicopter maintenance transferred from Air Force personnel to civilian contract. The unit changed from Air Mobility Command to Air Combat Command as Detachment 24, 92d Operations Group on 1 February 1993.
On 1 July 1993, they became the 36th Rescue Flight and transferred to Air Education and Training Command The unit is also on call for emergency medical evacuation of military and civilian personnel of the Inland Northwest. The 36th RQF has been performing these missions for over 25 years.
The primary mission of the 36th RQF is support of the USAF Survival School's training program. This is accomplished through vector training, hoist instruction, and parachute demonstration. In December 1994 the entire unit completed Night Vision Goggle qualification. In 1995, the unit also completed Day Water Hoist training with Instructor Training Flight support starting in January 1995.
The unit has an aircraft on alert 24 hours a day, 6 days a week, 49 weeks each year at the school's remote operating location near Cusick, WA. The alert crew assists in the field training portion of the school and is available for emergency medical evacuation as needed.
The flight supports the National Search and Rescue plan by offering its assets to assist local authorities in recoveries of injured or missing persons. Additionally, the 36 RQF assists local agencies in the event of natural disasters. Since 1971, the 36 RQF has been credited with saving 532 lives on missions ranging from medical evacuations to hoisting severely injured mountain climbers in extremely hazardous conditions.
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