SAR Fundamentals/Search techniques/Practical


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Locate a working area suitable for practicing search techniques. This is often an urban fringe area with bushes, trees and trails close to the training facility. In Pincher Creek, the area has been designated, see map above. Prepare directions on getting to the area if needed.

Divide the working area up into segments that are easily accessible and allow teams to walk from one to the other as they rotate between stations. Define segment boundaries. Prepare a map if needed as an aid.

Segment 1 - Type 1 search. An area of trails. Preferably with shortcuts (vehicle?) that the instructor can get ahead of the team and observe how they are doing and provide feedback. A few clues should be planted.

Segment 2 - Type 2 search. A large area of bush or trees where purposeful wandering can be performed. Sub-segments can be created for each team that rotates through, or all but the last team can be instructed to leave clues in place. A known number of clues should be planted so the students can calculate their actual POD.

Segment 3 - Type 3 search. A smaller area where a line search can be performed. This can overlap any of the other segments because it will be performed last. Clues don't normally need to be planted as there is typically enough human litter.

Segment 4 - Type 4 search. A small area set up with stakes for evidence search. Clues should be planted. Sub-segments should be created for each team that rotates through or the clues replanted between rotations.

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