SAR Fundamentals/Introduction


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Introductions and Registration

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Brett Wuth

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At the conclusion of this lesson the participants will be able to state:

  1. what they can expect to get from the course
  2. what the expectations are of them in the course
  3. how to respond to emergencies during the course

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Total Time: 30 minutes

  • Actual: 2006-09 08:05-08:27

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9 min


Title of course: Search and Rescue Fundamentals

Section: Orientation to Course

Introduce Instructor

Present Objectives


2 min

In case class interrupted

  • exits
  • marshaling area
  • bathrooms
  • cell phones on vibrate
  • Use of facilities by others, Emergency Services
  • emergencies for instructors/students
    • "no duff"
    • 911, location (Elks Hall, 1047 Bev McLaughlin Drive)
    • injuries, notification, WCB
    • if SAR is called during the course
      • being prepared: equipment
    • lead facilitator contacts
  • leaving things in classroom


3 min


  • provincial class list (if funded)
  • class roster
    • correct spelling of name -- for certificate
    • e-mail and phone contact -- in case of change of plans
  • PCSAR sign-in sheet
    • accountability
    • WCB
    • must sign-in
    • must sign-out (be sure to initial)
    • use 24-hour clock
    • using operational forms for course
      • to give students familiarity, practice
  • tent cards / name cards
    • bring to each class (different instructors)


1 min


  • collect deposits


3 min


  • 2 manuals
    • old (binders)
      • somewhat dated
      • more detailed, easier to read
    • new
      • newer
      • dryer, point form
      • 3 editions nearly identical
        • yellow FOG SAR coil bound
  • distribute manuals
  • sign-out materials on loan


2 min


  • will hear about real incidents
  • we have permission from the Tasking Agencies
  • for learning purposes
  • students are expected to keep confidential


3 min


  • total of 15 people involved in putting on this course
  • small remuneration
  • Instruction is overseen by provincially recognized instructors
    • list as available
    • Brett Wuth
    • Bryan Sundberg
    • Chris Jorgensen
  • facilitators
    • 9 search managers
    • college professor, first aid instructor
    • police officers
    • 4 disaster workers
    • paramedic, 3 EMRs
    • previous students, active SAR workers
    • 2 dog handlers
  • give bios of those present


8 min

Student Introductions

students self introduce

  • name, organization, background
  • what they want to get out of the course

14 students - 7 minutes


3 min

Course Description

  • 40 hours, 2 weekends
  • indoor and outdoor
  • locations, Fire Hall, Eric Bruder's ranch
    hand out maps
  • review schedule of days
    • where
    • time spent outside
  • do not be late -- treat like a tasking
  • assigned work


Standard First Aid or higher

ICS 100

  • available online
  • certificate can be printed immediately when completed course


2 min

Course Challenges

  • about 85% of students pass

the rest:

  • not able to attend everything
    • will try to accommodate
    • will mean substantial extra work for student
  • don't complete the corequisites
  • very few students: can't handle material
  • environment: cold
    • don't dress for several hours outside


2 min


  • continuous by all instructors
  • oral and/or written each day
  • "monitor"
    • create or answer a question for the question bank


1 min

open up for questions

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Copyright © 2012-2013, Brett Wuth.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Canada License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, California 94305, USA.

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