(Translated from a Brazilian source)
PARA-SAR is the special operations combat search & rescue (CSAR) unit of the Brazilian Air force. It is composed of about 175 voluntary military members.
In view of the world-wide use of this modality in the security and the prevention of aeronautical accidents, the Direction of Air routes - DR (current DEPV), initiated studies for the creation of a segment with this responsibility in the Air Force, that is, in a direct way the creation of PARA-SAR (FOR - Parachutist; SAR - Service Air Rescue).
Thus, for initiative of such Direction, a group of volunteers congregated in the installations of the old School of Military Aviation and started to act out accidents and diverse special situations. On 02 September 1963, this experience created the "Land and Air Flotilla of Rescue" or "Flotilla" was created. Later named PARA-SAR, although "Flotilla" was born well before, never arriving to be the official CSAR unit yet its assignments were the oldest and Flotilla was the traditional name of the original "operational search & rescue parachutist" of the Air Force.
In 20 November 1973, the Flotilla were extinct, thus creating the "Land and air Squadron of Rescue - EAS", with the incumbency to carry through the formation of the parachutists of the Brazilian Air Force, the instruction of the Helicopter Rescue Teams. A PARA-SAR members completion of the specialization course, makes him qualified to take part in rescue missions, action of command and antiterrorism operations. It is trained in diving, helo-lift operations, survival (forest and sea) and firearms amongst many other things.
SHEPHERD. Always soon for the rescue!