Search and Rescue – First Responder

SAR litter carryresponderCourse Description

This course is designed for law enforcement and emergency services personnel who are the first responders to a search and rescue (SAR) incident. The intent of the course is to provide enough tools to adequately evaluate an incident and to take appropriate initial actions. 

First Responders are instructed in aspects of search and rescue (SAR) operations by exploring the following subjects:

  • Defining the search area
  • Containment
  • Lost person behavior
  • Specialized resources
  • track tent preserve
  • Land Navigation
  • Search operations and tactics
  • Clue Awareness for Search Teams
  • Patient packaging and evacuation
  • Suspending the search
  • Short search simulation


The basics of search planning and tactical operations are presented. Specialized resources and their appropriate use are discussed. Students will need to be prepared to be outside both days.


  • Target Audience: SAR organizations
  • Time Required:
  • Required material:
  • Course Fee: provided upon request

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