Course Aim

    The aim of the course is to provide the participants knowledge concerning the general responsibilities, skills, abilities, and the equipment needed by persons who would be participating in a search or rescue mission. The course is based around maritime and aeronautical environments but the material is recommended as a base of knowledge for all SAR environments.

    Who should attend:

    • Persons who are interested in becoming involved or have just become involved with search and rescue operations.
    • Emergency response personnel who belong to organizations who provide resources and assistance during search and rescue missions.
    • Managers of emergency response organizations who want to understand the state-of-the-art skills and knowledge needed by the SAR workers.

Course Objectives

    Upon completion of the course the participants shall have the knowledge to:

    • Define the components of SAR operations
    • List the major responsibilities for search and rescue
    • Describe the components of ICS and their functions
    • List and differentiate between at least three types of maps used in SAR
    • Identify, define and demonstrate the use of topographical maps
    • Define the plotting methods or grid systems and demonstrate the ability to use them to determine the coordinates for a given point
    • Describe the parts of the compass and demonstrate the ability to use it
    • Describe the navigational functions used in map and compass
    • Define SAR resources
    • Define the six crucials in SAR management
    • Differentiate between the two basic categories of search tactics (Passive and Active)
    • Describe the primary types of active search tactics
    • Describe the techniques and methods used by searchers
    • List at least five of the searching or tactical skills needed by field searchers
    • Explain why SAR personnel search for clues not subjects
    • List the information needed by the searcher when alerted
    • Define the functions of the search crew positions
    • List at least ten of the safety rules for personnel during helicopter operations

Course Overview

    The course is a ten days course. The course comprises lectures, simulated scenario cases and visits to various SAR facilities and supporting agencies that involve in SAR mission.

    Content in Brief

    • SAR: What is it and how do you fit in?
    • Components of SAR
    • SAR Management System
    • Land Navigation and Orienteering
    • SAR Resources
    • Search Philosophy and Probability Theory
    • Search Tactics
    • Clue Consciousness
    • Search Operations
    • Helicopter Operations in SAR Communications