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INLAND SEARCH AND RESCUE PLANNING COURSE
The 5-day Inland SAR Planning
Course is a comprehensive look at inland search theory and its
application to land and air searches for missing persons and aircraft
with a focus on wilderness, not urban, searches.
course consists of classroom lessons and practical, tabletop exercises;
the course does not incorporate field training. Course emphasis is on
the planning tools necessary for effective area-type searching during an
extended search, using Probability of Success (POS) rather than just a few elements of POC
or POD to predicatively allocate limited resources to their best effect
– in essence, what to do after the rapid/hasty search and specialty
resources have not found the missing person or search object. Additional
topics include search area development, effort allocation, an overview
of the federal role in SAR and Catastrophic Incident SAR response,
and related subjects. The course is not a comprehensive search
management course and does not teach search tactics or technical
procedures, as those are well covered from other readily available
Aiming to “find the search object fast,” the course centers on tools to help SARdecision
makers determine where to search, how to divide an area between limited
search resources, and how to craft the overall search effort to gain
the best increases in likelihood of success at each step. The tools are
mathematically based and not for the faint of heart; they help quantify
the uncertainties of the search problem to allow consistent application
throughout a mission.
The course is directed toward SAR leaders
in federal, military, state, and local emergency services and law
enforcement, as well as Civil Air Patrol, international, and volunteer SAR agencies
– those few people who are responsible for the planning and overall
conduct of inland search missions. The target audience includes on-scene
incident commanders and their planners, operations leaders, and
up-channel reporting chain. The general searcher or search team leader,
while arguably the most important part of the SAR team, would likely not find this course useful.
Classes begin promptly at 0800 on the convening date and graduate by 1530 on the fifth day.
to class, students should review and be conversant on the following
from their own agencies in order to make class discussions more useful
and help integrate class materials with their own search environments
• Search pre-plans,
• Decision making guidelines for where/when/how to search,
• Agreements and relationships with other SAR agencies,
• How their agency organizes on scene,
• Recent search missions
A firm grounding in SAR terminology and employment techniques, practical SARexperience, basic arithmetic and calculator skills, an understanding of local SARmission management requirements, and an open mind are essential.
National Search & Rescue School was established in 1966 as a
facility devoted exclusively to training professionals to conduct search
and rescue. The school is currently located at USCG Training Center
Yorktown, Virginia, and teaches a variety of maritime and inland search
planning courses. Graduates number over 14,000 men and women, civilian
and military, including over 1,400 from 103 foreign nations.