Course Information

Course Information

A lot of information about SAR training is available. To help both the Volunteer Lay-person and Professional alike, we are providing you some information to help you understand what some of the different training levels are. There are typically 3 levels of training recognized in virtually all fields of rescue work. These help planners identify a given level of skill set and capability for each person or ‘resource’ available to them. These levels have common names: Awareness (often interchanged with ‘Introductory’), Operations (sometimes referred to as Intermediate), and Technician. What does each mean?

  • Awareness: The basic fundamental level to become aware of the primary duties, hazards, accepted safety practices, and an in-depth overview of what the subject matter is about. Rarely is a person trained at an awareness level assigned to have an independent, hands-on approach in any emergency situation. They may have some peripheral taskings to support the overall efforts, but they are supervised by persons with a higher level of training and are not primary operators or technicians ‘in the trenches’ mitigating a situation.
  • Operations: This is the front line person who carries out tactics to mitigate a task or objective. This is a highly skilled and trained individual who knows how to independently or as a team operate tools, formulate plans, and take action with calculated risks to safely execute a plan to help others in distress. A common example may be a fire fighter with full Bunker Gear containing a fire near or around a building with spilled chemicals, extricating an injured motorist from a wrecked automobile, or using a series of ropes and pulleys to lift a victim from over a steep embankment.
  • Technician: This is a front line person with advanced and very specific training who carries out tactics and mitigates tasks which are too advanced or too dangerous for the Operations level person. A common example is the Technician who dons a self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and other specialized ‘HAZMAT suits’ and goes into a Hazardous Materials spill and actually has contact with the contaminates to clean it up, or a person who goes into a confined space using advanced rope and pulley systems to access a person in distress.

If you have an understanding of these levels of training based on Introductory/Awareness level, Operations level, and Technician level, we will try and equate NASAR’s courses to these levels. NASAR’s numbering system uses the title of ‘Technician’, but identifies the level of training by numbers as: SARTECH III = Introductory level (i.e. an in-depth overview of what the subject matter is); SARTECH II = Operations level (for the persons who are field operators who actually participate in the field operation); and SARTECH I = Technician level (for the person who has advanced and specialized skills in the subject matter, tactics, and leadership rolls). This is the best way to help you see the difference between the levels.

NOTE: Using NASAR’s training system, you do not have to start with the Introductory level training to advance to Operations. You can begin your formal/organized SAR training with FUNSAR and SARTECH II at the Operations level.

 

Educational Courses

SAR AWARENESS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS– an Overview   (Course #01)
What is SAR? Most people, including local officials, Fire and Law Enforcement in charge of local SAR events are ignorant to what SAR really is. Not because they are dumb or closed minded, but because they have never received any form of training about what SAR is.
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ISAR – Introduction to Search and Rescue (Course #02)
This is NASAR’s introductory level educational class which offers more than a basic awareness level of what SAR is. It can be conducted in a classroom setting or done on-line via a self guided study and examination. It requires no equipment or resources beyond a textbook and does not require any field work or hands on training. This is a great course for persons who know they may not be working in the field due to age, physical limitations, or other reasons of choice but who may serve in a support position through Logistics, Base Communications Radio Operator(s), or other similar functions.
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FUNSAR – Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (Course #03)
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. FUNSAR is for the person who has no knowledge of SAR but a willingness to help their fellow many all the way up to the most seasoned backpacker, hunter, military, and other interested personnel. It is an A-Z of what SAR is, how it works, tools, resources, NIMS (National Incident Mgt. System), ICS (Incident Command System), and hands-on field practicals to put your skills into action.  This course prepares the candidate for the NASAR SARTECH II exam
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ADSAR – Advanced Search and Rescue (Course #32)

Advanced Search and Rescue (ADSAR) is a NASAR course designed to educate the experienced field searcher in preparation for working as a crew leader on a search. This course expands on the knowledge and skills taught in the intermediate level FUNSAR course. Beginning with expanded management concepts, crew tactics, crew and SAR dog tactics, crew safety skills and continuing through stress management, the course focuses on the added responsibility of a crew leader and how this relates to the crewmembers, search managers, and the outcome of the search.  This course prepares the candidate for the NASAR SARTECH I / Crewleader examination.
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MLPI – Managing the Lost Person Incident (Course #33)      

The Managing the Lost Person Incident course is designed to teach the essential knowledge and skills necessary to perform as the initial response Incident Commander on a lost person incident with the primary focus on the Search element of SAR. The course prepares the student for the management responsibilities and leadership skills required during SAR missions. The course explains the tasks and procedures needed to effectively manage SAR operations from the initial response through the expansion phases of the search to the final demobilization of all resources. This is the first true management course of the NASAR series of SAR courses. The ISAR, FUNSAR, and ADSAR courses focus on the individual and crew responsibilities as well as techniques and tactics at the crew level, whereas, the MLPI course explains and describes in detail the overall objectives, strategies, and tactics needed for a successful outcome of SAR missions. With further incident management training and field experience; the person with this training can perform as the Incident Commander on prolonged and more complex searches.
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ATL – Advanced Team Leadership for Search and Rescue (Course #04)
This is an advanced course, with multiple prerequisites.  This course is developed to advance knowledgeable, trained searchers and search managers to the next level. It is designed to teach leadership principals and critical thinking and decision making skills. It offers SAR leadership the ability to see both the micro and macro aspects of an operation and to determine the best and safest way to use their team and assets in a safe, ‘round-trip-ticket’, effective SAR situation where every resource returns from the mission safely.
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Rope Awareness for Wilderness SAR (Course #05)
This is an awareness level course for persons who are going to be doing SAR work. It teaches the student about the use of rescue ropes, equipment, knots, and other basic level information to prepare for the Basic Rope Rescue Readiness course for Wilderness SAR.
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Basic Rope Rescue Readiness course for Wilderness SAR (Course #06)
This provides the student with hands on training in SAR knots, anchor systems, improvised harnesses, mechanical advantages, hardware, software, belay techniques, packaging a patient for transport in a litter, ascending a rope, and other techniques to effect a litter evacuation, hoist, or hazardous terrain crossings sequences.
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Advanced Mantracking   (Course #08)
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Examinations / Certifications

SARTECH III Examination (Course #10)
The SARTECH III level of certification is the beginning level for SAR personnel. This level is recommended for any person who responds to and functions on SAR missions. This level of training does not include field practical training or experience. Persons who obtain this certification are to function within the limits of the certification described in the NASAR standards for SARTECH III.
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SARTECH II Examination (Course #11)
The SARTECH II level of certification is the intermediate level for SAR personnel. This is Operations level and is recommended for any person who functions on SAR missions as field searchers. Persons who obtain this certification are to function within the limits of the certification described on NASAR’s website at SARTECH II. In addition to the information provided on the website, the NASAR course that prepares one to challenge the SARTECH II is Fundamentals of Search and Rescue.
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SARTECH I / Crewleader (Course #12)
The SARTECH I/CREWLEADER level of certification is the advanced level for SAR personnel. The level is recommended only for persons who function on SAR missions as field searchers and who may function as Crew Leader. Persons who obtain this certification are to function within the limits of the certification described in the NASAR Certification Criteria for SARTECH I/CREWLEADER.
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Workshops

SARTECH II Evaluator Workshop   (Course #14)
NASARPrepares the SARTECH II to become an Apprentice Evaluator for SARTECH II Exams and eventually an Evaluator to assist the Lead Evaluator.
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SARTECH I Evaluator Workshop   (Course #15)
NASARPrepares the SARTECH I to become an Apprentice Evaluator for SARTECH I Exams and eventually an Evaluator to assist the Lead Evaluator.
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SARTECH II Lead Evaluator Workshop   (Course # 16)
NASARPrepares the SARTECH II Evaluator to become an Apprentice Evaluator for SARTECH II Exams and eventually a Lead Evaluator.
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SARTECH I Lead Evaluator Workshop   (Course #17)
NASARPrepares the SARTECH I Evaluator to become an Apprentice Lead Evaluator for SARTECH I Exams and eventually a Lead Evaluator.
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NASAR Instructor Workshop   (Course #18)
NASARPrepares the ISAR / FUNSAR / ADSAR graduate to become an Apprentice Instructor for NASAR course of instruction.
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Medical Classes

Bloodborne Pathogens   (Course #21)
ASHIThis program includes information that will help students understand what bloodborne pathogens are and how risks of exposure can be reduced for themselves and others. The program assists in satisfying the training requirements of the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.Certification Period: 1 year
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Basic First-aid   (Course #22)
ASHITo help students develop basic first aid knowledge, skills, and the confidence to respond. The program is an excellent choice for both the community and workplace setting, and is consistent with recommendations of the 2010 National First Aid Science Advisory Board and OSHA’s best practices for first aid training programs in the workplace.Recommended Time to Complete Initial training: 2-2.5 hours
Certification Period: 3 years
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(Can be taught with CPR/AED as a combination course for $75)
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Advanced First-aid   (Course #23)
ASHIDesigned for the person who needs or desires more first aid training than Basic First Aid, but not to the level of Emergency Medical Response. Perfect for corporate emergency response teams, this 17-21 hour course presents many of the most common illnesses and injuries responders are likely to encounter.Certification Period: 3 years
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Emergency Medical Response   (Course #24)
ASHIDesigned to provide non-EMS responders including government, corporate, law enforcement, and corrections personnel with a level of training comparable to Emergency Medical Responder. This 48-hour course is consistent with national EMS curriculum requirements and educations standard, however, it is not the intent of the ASHI Emergency Medical Response program to cross the EMS scope of practice threshold. This program uses Emergency Medical Responder: First on Scene, 9th Ed. from Brady as the student textbook.Certification Period: 3 years
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Basic Wilderness First-aid   (Course #25)
ASHIAn intensive 8- to 10-hour course for those who are involved in wilderness recreation. This course may also meet the needs of volunteers and professionals who lead groups on short trips in relatively low-risk situations.Certification Period: 3 years
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Wilderness First-aid   (Course #26)
ASHIThis course is a 16- to 20-hour course for those who are involved in serious wilderness activities. This course is the choice of many wilderness trip leaders and guides. Wilderness environments create special situations not usually encountered in an urban or suburban environment.This comprehensive course meets the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid curriculum and guidelines.Course content includes:
  • Preparation and Assessment
  • Preventing and Caring for Injuries
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Biological Hazards
  • Medical Emergencies

Certification Period: 3 years
Course fee: $175 (includes books & materials)

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Wilderness First Responder   (Course #27)
ASHIThis course is a 60- to 80-hour course for wilderness professionals and others who want a higher level of training or require WFR certification. A wilderness first responder is trained to deal with many situations that may be encountered in the wilderness. This course focus on teaching the participant to assess a situation, improvise solutions using available resources to stabilize the patient and identify the best way to get the patient to definitive medical treatment. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.Certification Period: 3 years
Course fee: $350 (includes books & materials)
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Wilderness EMT Upgrade   (Course #28)
ASHIThis course is a 40-hour bridge course for those who are already certified as EMTs. The course builds on EMT training and adds wilderness concepts and skills with many role-playing scenarios. This course will take the EMT off the street and put them in the middle of a remote environment where definitive medical care is more than an hour away. This course focuses on teaching the participant to assess a situation, improvise solutions using available resources to stabilize the patient and identify the best way to get the patient to definitive medical treatment. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.Certification Period: 3 years
Course fee: $400 (includes books & materials)
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Community CPR/AED-Adult, Child and Infant   (Course #29)
ASHIThis program provides an ideal training solution for schools, child care providers, youth sports coaches, and others required to learn how to respond to medical emergencies involving adults, children and infants.Recommended Time to Complete Initial training: Adult: 2 hours: Child and Infant: 2 hours Adult, Child, and Infant: 3 hours
Certification Period: 2 years
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CPR – BLS (Basic Life Support)   (Course #30)
ASHIThis course is designed for individuals in the healthcare or professional rescuer field that are required to have professional-level basic life support training. Students learn how to recognize a life-threatening emergency, how to provide basic life support and what to do in case of an airway obstruction or choking. This course is recommended for medical professionals, lifeguards, aerobics/fitness sports instructors and public and private safety security employees. ASHI’s CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer has been approved for training for Emergency Medical Services personnel and is accepted by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).Recommended time to complete Initial training: 4-5 hours
Certification period: 2 years
Course Fee: $45 (includes book and materials)
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Emergency Oxygen Administration   (Course #31)
ASHIThis course is a critical step in treating a severe or life-threatening illness or injury. Serious and life-threatening medical emergencies often cause oxygen to be depleted in the body leaving the victim at risk for cardiac arrest or brain damage. This program focuses on administering emergency oxygen, rescue breathing and oxygen delivery devices.Prerequisites: BLS/CPR (with or without AED) and basic First Aid (may be taught concurrently)
Recommended Time to Complete 2-3 hours
Certification Period: 2 years (although recommended annually)
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ASHI Instructor Development Course   (Course #34)
ASHIThe program is intended to provide the candidate with confidence to and competence to teach, evaluate and certify future participants in ASHI programs. Candidate must be certified at or above the level that they wish to teach and must be associated with an approved ASHI Training Center.Recommended Time to Complete 16 hours
Certification Period: 2 years  Course Fee: Contact us
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