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Free Search & Rescue (SAR) Fundamentals Online Training 

Free Search & Rescue (SAR) Fundamentals Online Training:

... So that you can start your Search and Rescue (SAR) experience with real, relevant and reputable information ...

... So that you can build a solid foundation of SAR knowledge to begin your Search and Rescue (SAR) experience ...

... So that you can decide (at no cost!) if, where and how you can best add value to searches for lost and missing people ...

... So that Others May Live ...

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Search & Rescue Fundamentals
Search & Rescue (SAR) Training

"Will I be able to participate on a real search after receiving this training?"

No. This free education delivers your initial foundation and then provides a clear path to becoming a trusted, reliable responder on an actual search.

More answers below ...

So, HOW does it work? 


  • Each email lesson is delivered to your inbox every day.
  •  Cancel at any time.


  • Exclusive SAR content created by an experienced Responder and Instructor.


  • Read each lesson when you want, how you want and for as long as you want ... they're yours, free.

Just Right


... For someone just starting (in Search & Rescue) this course is just right.

R.F. Commander

Yeah, but WHAT about this ...?

Is this training appropriate for ______(fill in the blank)?

This course is appropriate for anyone wanting to learn more about the critical and exciting role of Search and Rescue (SAR). You might be interested in background knowledge about SAR or as an initial step to join a SAR Team. Former students have consisted of public safety workers (law, fire and EMS), community volunteers, current and former military, media, etc. It is NOT for someone who wants to use SAR as a means to simply attract attention to themselves.

Do you offer additional SAR training besides this intro course?

Yes, a variety of educational opportunities to advance your knowledge and skills are available.

Is this training certified?

TEAM Solutions and Mike McKenna are respected internationally for professional, experienced and results-oriented responder education. Mike is both a veteran responder and an experienced instructor. While this initial email training does not earn the user a certification, participants in the expanded course can earn a certificate and CEU’s issued … all backed by TEAM Solutions. Learn more about Mike and TEAM Solutions here.

Why are you giving this information away for free?

3 simple reasons:

  1. I’ve seen, heard about or been a part of many searches that suffered from having too many people show up to help with little or no training. I'm in a position to fix that and feel a responsibility to do so.
  2. I’ve taught search and rescue topics to thousands and thousands of responders and am experienced at knowing and relaying the information that's needed to build skills and knowledge. I'm in a position to fix that and feel a responsibility to do so.
  3. Some of you will also decide to advance your SAR education by enrolling in some of my paid programs, which is how I make a living.  The rest will at least know where to find me when their situation changes!

What will I be capable of at the end of this free course?

Like with any adult education, you'll get out of it what you put into it. The emailed lessons address the basics of “who” and “what” during a SAR mission and will equip you with the initial knowledge and guidance to determine if and how additional Search and Rescue education is appropriate. While you won't yet be capable of ethically responding to a real search, you'll be well on your way!

Tech Age


Thanks for bringing SAR into the tech age TEAM Solutions!

Jen Volunteer Response Leader

I'm Mike and I've responded to and taught search and rescue (SAR) for 20+ years at the local, state and federal levels.  When I became interested in SAR, I wasted hours and hours trying to find out where and how to get involved, the right way. Like you perhaps, I discovered as much bad information as I did good information.

Those years of experience have enabled me to pass along some of the information to you that I wish I had when I was new.

Click here to learn more about me and why I do this.

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