SAR SURVIVAL | FUNSAR

The SAR Survival course incorporates the Fundamentals of Search & Rescue (FUNSAR) program from the National Association for Search & Rescue (NASAR). This course exceeds the minimum standards of NFPA 1006 and 1670 for Technical Rescue classification in Wilderness Rescue in addition to preparing you for the SARTECH II written and practical skills exam.  It provides knowledge concerning the general responsibilities, skills, abilities, and the equipment needed by persons who are assigned to field operations during a SAR mission. This course is 50 clock hours and is completed over one five day period or two weekends as our schedule allows.  

The FUNSAR course also provides the student with practical exercises in addition to a practice search mission where the students are required to have the proper equipment and stay out in the field during daylight and nighttime operations. The course content includes topics in three major areas: survival, support, search, and rescue. This course is based around the rural and wilderness environments but the material is recommended as a basis for all SAR environments.

Core Topics

  • Review of SAR Management System

  • Fitness, Basic Survival, and Survival Body Management

  • Clothing and Personal Protection Systems for SAR

  • Emergency Survival Skills

  • Improvising Environmental Hazards and Survival First Aid SAR Ready Pack

  • Nomenclature of Personal Outdoor Equipment

  • SAR Travel Skills

  • Land Navigation and Orienteering

  • SAR Resources

  • Capabilities

  • Search Philosophy

  • Estimating POD

  • Search Tactics and Searcher Skills

  • Handling Evidence

  • Review of Clue Consciousness

  • SAR Crew Responsibilities

  • Tracking Skills

  • Rope and Rescue Equipment

  • Legal Aspects for Searchers

Property Rules:

  • ZERO alcohol or drugs will be tolerated on the property, there are no exceptions. 

  • Early entry to property on Friday night is not permitted. 

  • Clean up any mess that you create, police your camp area. Leave it as clean as it was when you arrived.

  • Only camp in the designated group camping area in front of the classroom (the big barn) in the field, DO NOT venture off into the woods or you will be banned from class and from coming back. 

  • Wood is first come, first served; outhouse is available, and water is available at the spigot.

EQUIPMENT LIST

The downloadable file is the NASAR 24hr Ready Pack List for SAR personnel. 

COURSE COST: $400

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20 spots available per class.

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