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Below is the minimum training all search and rescue professionals should have. Please refer to your team and state
guidelines for additional requirements. The training below is a "recommended guideline" and as a SAR professional,
training is an on-going endeavor throughout your SAR career.
National Incident Management System (NIMS)
Below are independent study courses that are taken on-line and are free to all participants.
* ICS-700 Click Here for NIMS Training Courses
Medical training is available through various sources. These include your local schools or universities, the American Red
Cross (www.redcross.org) and the American Heart Association (www.americanheart.org).
* Basic First Aid Course or higher medical training
* National approved CPR certification
* NOTE: The following instructor is offering medical training for SAR groups at a discount price
Danny Speaks, Instructor
American Heart Association Courses
Search and Rescue Training (Personnel Only)
Personnel should have at least 36 hours of search and rescue training. If someone would like to pursue "non-urban"
work, they should have wilderness training. For individuals interested in "urban" work, they should have separate urban
* Wilderness Search and Rescue Training Click Here for Wilderness SAR Training
* Disaster Search and Rescue Training Click Here for Disaster SAR Training
Check with your local training academies and public health divisions. The course should meet or exceed 29 CRF 1910
(SARA Title III) and taught by a person who meets the requirements as shown in 29 CFR 1910.
For Georgia residents, this course is taught by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency adjunct instructors. For
details, please contact the Training Division at 478-993-4621.
Check with your local fire departments and training academies. The course should meet or exceed 29 CFR 1910 (SARA
Title III) and taught by a person who meets the requirements shown in 29 CFR 1910
For Georgia residents, this course is taught by Georgia Emergency Management Agency adjunct instructors. For details,
please contact the Training Division at 478-993-4621.
Crime Scene Preservation
Check with your local or state law enforcement agencies and law enforcement training academies. Many have crime
scene preservation training available. This class should be taught by a State or POST certified law enforcement
For Georgia residents, Oliver Fladich is a law enforcement officer that teaches a crime scene preservation course for SAR
professionals. Mr. Fladrich can be reached at email@example.com.
Check with your local and state SAR members that may have mantracking skills. Specially, border patrol officials have
extensive mantracking training. For additional details, contact the following:
* Joel Hardin Professional Tracking Services at http://www.jhardin-inc.com/.
* For Georgia residents, there is a mantracking group list. For more details contact
Georgia Search and Rescue Dog Team Program Licensing Procedures
Effective January 1, 2001, all nongovernmental search and rescue dog teams shall be prohibited from performing any
rescue or emergency management type activity in the State of Georgia until the team has been licensed by the director of
emergency management to perform the activities. To obtain a SAR Dog Licensing Packet, contact the Training Division at
478-993-4621. Below are training requirements for the SAR Dog License:
* Independent Study (IS) 1 - The Emergency Program Manager
* Independent Study (IS) 100 - Introduction to the Incident Command System
* Independent Study (IS) 200 - ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
* Independent Study (IS) 700 - National Incident Management System (NIMS)
* Rescue Specialist Course
* Red Cross First Aid or proof of more advanced training (EMT/Paramedic)
* American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizenship