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NASAR.org: Jacksonville, FL SAR Class

Discussion in 'Search and Rescue (SAR)' started by paradise lost, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. paradise lost

    paradise lost New Member

    Fundamentals of Search & Rescue Course
    River City Search & Rescue, Inc is hosting the National Association of Search & Rescue (NASAR) Fundamentals of Search & Rescue course. The course will be held at Jennings State Forest:
    Jennings State Forest
    1337 Longhorn Rd.
    Middleburg, FL 32068-3026
    Cost: $75 for Non NASAR/River City SAR Members - $55 for members.
    Date/Time: December 11 6pm-10pm, December 12 & 13 8am-6pm, January 8 6pm-10pm, January 9 8am-2pm January 10 (Overnight Mock Search January 10-11) Attendance at all sessions is MANDATORY
    SARTECH II Certification to follow at a date TBA.

    The Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (FUNSAR) course is the second, intermediate level of NASAR courses. It provides knowledge concerning the general responsibilities, skills, abilities, and the equipment needed by persons who are assigned to field operations during a SAR mission.

    The FUNSAR course also provides the student with practical exercises in addition to a practice search mission where the students are required to have the proper equipment and stay out in the field during daylight and night time operations. The course content includes topics in three major areas: survival, support, search and rescue. This course is based around the rural and wilderness environments but the material is recommended as a basis for all SAR environments.

    FUNSAR provides a common point in training for the new person to SAR and allows them to accumulate the required clothing and equipment needed for SAR operations in their community. The course also provides practical experience during simulated SAR operations and in many cases is an excellent refresher course for the more experienced SAR worker. This common starting point provides continuity during SAR operations and future training of all team members.

    FUNSAR is the NASAR course designed to prepare the student to challenge the SARTECH II certification exam, according the knowledge objectives defined in the NASAR certification criterai for SARTECH II.

    The recommended number of hours for the course is (47) forty-seven. The course is usually conducted over two weekends starting on Friday night but can be taught (5) five days straight.
    Quote: "The FUNSAR course I took not only gave me the basic skills and understanding of doing a proper, safe search, but also gave me the confidence to take care of myself and my team members during search operations. The FUNSAR course should be a minimum requirement for anyone wanting to be part of a SAR Team." David Moskowitz, Director Arkansas Department of Health - Division of EMS & Trauma Systems

    Who Should Attend

    Those interested in becoming involved or have just become involved with search and rescue operations.
    SAR personnel who would like to maintain or refresh their knowledge of search and rescue.
    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.
    Community members and groups (scouts, hunters, hikers, etc.) that have an interest in safety and preventative SAR operations.

    While not required, the Introduction to Search and Rescue/SARTECH III course is recommended as a prerequisite for FUNSAR
    Although highly recommended, the FUNSAR course is not required to challenge the SARTECH II certification exam
    The written exam given at the conclusion of the FUNSAR class is the written SARTECH II exam. Provided the student passes the written SARTECH II exam at the conclusion of the FUNSAR class, AND takes the SARTECH II certification exam within a year, the student is not required to retake the written exam at the time of the SARTECH II certification exam. They only are required to take and pass the six (6) SARTECH II practical stations to earn their SARTECH II certification.


    Review of SAR Management System
    Fitness, Basic Survival and Survival Body Management
    Clothing and Personal Protection Systems for SAR
    Emergency Survival Skills
    Improvising Environmental Hazards and Survival First Aid SAR Ready Pack
    Nomenclature of Personal Outdoor Equipment
    SAR Travel Skills
    Land Navigation and Orienteering
    SAR Resources
    Search Philosophy
    Estimating POD
    Search Tactics and Searcher Skills
    Handling Evidence
    Review of Clue Consciousness
    SAR Crew Responsibilities
    Tracking Skills
    Rope and Rescue Equipment
    Legal Aspects for Searchers
    After Completion
    Upon successful completion of the FUNSAR course, the student should be able 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 prioritize the necessities of life
    Explain the survival situation plan (STOP) Stay, Think, Observe, Plan
    List the similarities or differences and advantages or disadvantages of the different natural and synthetic materials used for SAR clothing
    Describe and demonstrate the function of each of the layers of clothing
    Differentiate between a 24-hour ready pack and urban ready pack
    Demonstrate the use of a 24-hour ready pack
    Describe advantages and disadvantages of the equipment used for SAR
    Demonstrate the use of personal SAR equipment
    Demonstrate traveling skills used for his/her environment
    Define, describe, and identify the signs and symptoms, and describe the treatment of common medical emergencies during SAR operations
    List and differentiate between at least three types of maps used in SAR
    Identify, define, and demonstrate the use of the 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
    Demonstrate the ability to navigate during daylight and nighttime hours
    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 for search tactics
    List and demonstrate 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 and demonstrate the functions of the search crew positions
    Define track or print, sign, and step-by-step tracking as well as demonstrate the step-by-step tracking procedures
    List at least two materials used in rope and at least two types of design used in rope;as well as list at least five of the rules of rope etiquette
    List the different advantages and disadvantages of materials used in carabiners
    Describe the advantages and disadvantages of at least two types of stretchers or litters
    List at least five common radio procedures and guidelines
    Describe the basic legal philosophy concerning searcher knowledge, training, physical abilities, equipment, discipline, and control.

    To register, please visit www.rivercitysar.org and click on the link under "Training". If you have any questions, please email info@rivercitysar.org
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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    Sounds like a great SAR class! Thank you for the information @paradise lost!
  3. paradise lost

    paradise lost New Member

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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Nice! I will check it out!!! :thankyou:
  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I've been browsing the site today and oh my gosh, there's a lot of material on there! :highfive:

    Here's a link to courses: http://www.nasar.org/courses

    There's also a calendar link so we can keep up with upcoming events/seminars/training, etc.

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