Fundamentals of Search and Rescue

$65.00$185.00

Sept. 22-24 and Sept. 29 – Oct 1 in Houston, TX

Location information for where the course will be held for the various weekends will be posted

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 criteria for SARTECH II.

  • Registration includes NASAR fees for certification (upon successful completion) for FUNSAR and SARTECH II can also be purchased and completed in the second weekend.
    • NASAR Members get discounted NASAR Rate
    • Must provide proof of team or individual membership or purchase membership
  • Option to purchase book at NASAR discounted price
  • Option to add NASAR Membership at discounted rate
    • Only $25 extra after discounted FUNSAR fees!

 

To purchase the SARTECH II only please go to the SARTECH II page: http://www.alphasar.org/product/sartech-ii/

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Description

Fundamentals of Search and Rescue – September 22nd -24th and September 29th- October 1st in Houston, TX

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. This course will also include the SARTECH II certification.
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 nighttime operations. The course content includes topics in three major areas: survival and 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 criteria for SARTECH II.
The newest edition of the Fundamentals of Search and Rescue textbook was released in 2005. Previous editions of the textbook will not prepare one to challenge the FUNSAR exam or the SARTECH II certification.
The course is conducted over two weekends starting on Friday night.
  • 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.

  • Prerequisites
    • 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.

  • Topics
    • 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
    • Capabilities
    • 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

Instructors:

 

**Just looking to take the SARTech II? Visit the SARTECH II page.**

Additional information

Currently a NASAR Member?

NASAR Member ($65), Non-NASAR Member ($90)

SARTECH II

SARTECH II Included (+$30), FUNSAR Only

Book Order

Book (+$40), No Book

Include NASAR Membership?

Yes (+$25), No

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