S231 Search and Rescue Team Operations

October 13, 2017October 29, 2017

Formerly known as Search Team Member training, this entry-level field training is designed to introduce the field responder to standardized practices for a search and rescue response. Course content includes an overview of the state system, legal concerns, SAR operations, search strategy & tactics, personal preparedness, wilderness survival, land navigation, and basic wilderness rescue. The course consists of approx. 60% classroom and 40% field instruction. Fieldwork is held regardless of current weather conditions unless extreme conditions present personal safety concerns.

Purpose: Successful completion prepares the student to function adequately as a Search Team Member under the direct supervision of a trained Search Team Leader.


Minimum age: 18

Affiliation with SAR response organization

It is recommended that you complete the following National Incident Management System (NIMS) training from Emergency Management Institute Independent Study Courses prior to class. IS-100, IS-700, IS-800, IS-800

Physical Ability and Conditioning: Search and Rescue is hard, physically demanding work. Prospective students to the field classes must be capable of ascending steep slopes (up to 60 degrees) over rough terrain, in the dark, while carrying a backpack that may weigh up to 40lbs. After several hours in the field under the previously described conditions, the student will then enter the rescue portion of the course. During the rescue, 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 300lbs.

Target Audience: Field responders (Fire, Police, EMS, Volunteer)


Weekend #1   (10/13-15/17)                   Weekend #2 (10/27-29/17)

Fri 1900-2200                                            Fri 1900-2200

Sat 0800-2100                                           Sat 0800-2100

Sun 0800-1700                                          Sun 0900-1700

Location: Hungry Mother State Park, 2854 Park Blvd, Marion, VA 24354

Course Manager:

Candice Barnack

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Event Details

October 13, 2017October 29, 2017
2 weekends
Fri 1900-2200 Sat 0800-2100 Sun 0800-1700
Hungry Mother State Park, 2854 Park Blvd, Marion, VA 24354
Course Manager:
Candice Barnack
(804) 897-9780