TRAINING

Classroom

Classroom sessions twice a month (September-April) on Monday evenings at 7 PM

  • Introduction to SAR & Mission Basics

  • Search Skills: 

    • Evidence

    • Bones 

    • Safety

    • Urban Searches 

    • Radio use

  • Subject Assessment: 

    • Assessment Skills

    • Evacuation Packaging 

    • Hypothermia Protocol

  • Basic Rescue Knots: 

    • Useful Knots 

    • Basic Low Angle Rope Assists

    • Belays

  • Helicopter Training

  • Navigation: 

    • How to Read Maps 

      • Topography

      • Grid Location

      • UTM/USNG

      • Legal

    • How to Use a Compass

      • Bearings and Back-Bearings​

      • Triangulate Position

  • GPS Usage

  • Legal Issues with SAR in WA State

  • Man Tracking

Field

Weekend field training sessions (5 - 7, some overnight)

  • Basic Survival

  • Search Skills:

    • Search Types 

    • Strategies

    • Terminology

  • Rescue Skills:

    • Subject Assessment,

    • Evacuation and Field Practice

    • CPR/BBP/First-Aid

    • Mock Searches

  • Field Navigation I:

    • Field Navigation Skills and Exercises

    • Compass Use

    • Map Use

    • Pacing

    • Triangulation

  • Field Navigation II:

    • Map and Compass Final Exercise

    • GPS Use

    • Radio Use

  • Man-Tracking Field

  • Mock Search Practical: County-wide Mock Search Exercise

 

Searchers are required to provide their own equipment. Check out the equipment list.