S331 Search and Rescue Team Leadership

October 13, 2017October 29, 2017

Formerly known as Search Team Leader training, this is intermediate-level training in search team management, implementation of search tactics, supervision of team performance, proper use of semi-technical rescue equipment, and evacuation management. 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.


Successful completion prepares the student to function adequately as a Search Team Leader under the indirect supervision of the Operations Section Chief. Once you complete the co-requisites for certification the STL certification is valid for a period of 3 years.


Minimum age: 18

Affiliation with SAR response organization

Current certification as Field Team Member for one (1) year

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 40 lbs. 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 300 lbs.


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 Managers:

 Candice Barnack

Academic Support Technician



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