The Introduction to Search and Rescue (ISAR)/SARTECH III course is designed to provide knowledge concerning the general responsibilities, skills, abilities, and the equipment needed by persons who would be participating in a search or rescue mission. The course is based around rural and wilderness environments but the material is recommended as a base of knowledge for all SAR environments.
ISAR/SARTECH III is the first course in a stepping stone approach to higher level NASAR courses of training for emergency personnel. It provides a common starting point in training for the new person to SAR and in many cases, an excellent refresher course for the more experience SAR worker. This common starting point provides continuity during SAR operations and future training of all team members.
The recommended number of hours for the course is (16) sixteen. ISAR is also designed to prepare the student for SARTECH III certification, according to the knowledge objectives defined in the NASAR Certification Criteria for SARTECH III.
The multiple choice SARTECH III online exam is taken at the end of the ISAR course.
The textbook that prepares a student to take the SARTECH III exam is entitled Introduction to Search and Rescue. The ISAR book may be purchased through the on line bookstore on the NASAR website.
Who Should Attend
Persons who are interested in becoming involved or have just become involved with search and rescue operations.
SAR personnel who would like to maintain or refresh their knowledge of search and rescue.
Emergency response personnel who belong to organizations who provide resources and assistance during search and rescue missions.
Managers of emergency response organizations who want to understand the state-of-the-art skills and knowledge needed by the SAR workers.
Community members and groups (scouts, hunters, hikers, etc.) that have an interest in safety and preventative SAR operations
There are no prerequisites to the ISAR/SARTECH III course.
The ISAR/SARTECH III course is not required prior to taking the SARTECH III exam on line.
While recommended, the ISAR/SARTECH III course is also not required prior to taking the Fundamentals of Search and Rescue course or the SARTECH II certification exam.
SAR: What is it and how do you fit in?
Components of SAR
SAR Management System
Land Navigation and Orienteering
Search Philosophy and Probability Theory
Lost Person Behavior
Helicopter Operations in SAR Communications
Upon successful completion of the ISAR/SARTECH III course the student shall have the knowledge to:
Define the components of SAR operations
List the major responsibilities for search and rescue
Describe the components of ICS and their functions
List and differentiate between at least three types of maps used in SAR
Identify, define and demonstrate the use of topographical maps
Define the plotting methods or grid systems and demonstrate the ability to use them to determine the coordinates for a given point
Describe the parts of the compass and demonstrate the ability to use it
Describe the navigational functions used in map and compass
Define SAR resources
Define the six crucials in SAR management
Differentiate between the two basic categories of search tactics (Passive and Active)
Describe the primary types of active search tactics
Describe the techniques and methods used by searchers
List at least five of the searching or tactical skills needed by field searchers
Explain why SAR personnel search for clues not subjects
List the information needed by the searcher when alerted
Define the functions of the search crew positions
Explain why knowledge of lost person behavior can be an advantage to the searcher
List at least ten of the safety rules for personnel during helicopter operations
List at least five common radio procedures and guidelines
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