Search Operations

“You can’t fix ’em until you find ’em …”

A common problem in the real world of response is the tendency for responders to want to be ‘rescue rangers’ instead of competent searchers.  They can be both obviously but that’s very rare in my experience.

They come by this tendency honestly … just look at the majority of responder training catalogs around the country.  They are brimming with rescue classes … structural collapse, trench, high angle, etc.  You know, the sexy stuff.

Except search and rescue is not sexy.  And structural collapse is statistically one of the least likely things an Urban Search and Rescue Team will do.

It is people having a bad day because they’re lost and missing.

They need searchers before they need rescuers.

When people are missing, there are three main phases of searching for them:

  1. Reconnaissance – sizing up the incident
  2. General Search Strategies – disaster, wilderness, wide area, interior search, physical search, documentation, strategies, etc.
  3. Specialized Search – Technical tools like cameras, listening devices, unmanned aerial systems (UAS’s aka “drones”), K9’s, etc.

There are a couple of courses out there that do a pretty good job of covering some of those phases.

  • Wide Area Search PER-213 (TEEX),
  • Technical Search Specialist – TSS (FEMA),
  • Canine Search Specialist – CSS (FEMA)

Until now, though, there’s never been a single course that covers them all.  (Since I also teach the above courses, I can speak from experience!)

Introducing Search Operations – The First 12 Hours of a Response

40 hours of relevant, experienced responder education, sliced into whatever customized chunks your organization needs.

Need just 8 hours of RECON training?  Got it.

Need 24 hours of just SEARCH, plus K9 Operations with a small dose of TECHNICAL Operations?  Done it.

Want the FULL COURSE with all modules, but spread out over 4 weekends?  No problem.

Here’s a summary of what’s covered, in virtually any configuration you need:

  1. Introductions & Course Objectives/Expectations
  2. Sequence of Response  
  3. Tactics of Recon
  4. Incident Management Considerations
  5. Objectives and Strategies of Search Management
  6. Tactics of Search Management
  7. Search Types
  8. Search Techniques
  9. Search Tactics
  10. Technical Search Operations
  11. K9 Search Operations
  12. Field Exercise(s)
  13. Summary & Conclusion

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