The introduction to Search and Rescue course is designed to provide knowledge concerning general responsibilities, skills, abilities, means of rescue and equipment needed by rescue person and teams. The course builds fundamental knowledge for field and management level training. The terrain that is based the course are wilderness environments but the material is recommended as a base of knowledge for all S.A.R environments. Topics will be covered are resources, initial actions, modus operandi in SAR operations, categories of lost persons and behavior, search management and physiology of rescuers.
Who can attend to the course :
Law Enforcement and Emergency personnel who provide resources and assistance during S.A.R operations.
Managers and Office personnel who want to learn the basic S.A.R skills that is needed for a good cooperation with S.A.R workers.
S.A.R personnel who want to refresh their knowledge.
Volunteers who are interested in becoming involved with S.A.R operations.
Persons that are working or spent a lot of time in wilderness environments like hunters, scouts, climbers, tour leaders e.t.c
The minimum age is 18 years (Age of consenting adults) no previous criminal convictions, nor prior penal record, or incapacitating Mental health issues. Courses are available to everyone else, excluding the aforementioned persons.
Physical Ability and Conditioning :
Search and Rescue is hard, physically demanding work. Prospective students to the field classes must be capable of navigating various terrain and dense vegetation, during both daytime and nighttime operations, in all types of weather, for several hours, while carrying various personal gear and team equipment that may weigh up to 25 kg. During rescue operations SAR personnel will assist in the carry-out of a patient as part of a rotating 6-person team. The litter with patient package may weigh up to 150 kg.
IF YOU ARE NOT PHYSICALLY CAPABLE OF SUCH STRENUOUS ACTIVITY, PLEASE DO NOT SIGN-UP FOR THIS CLASS.
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