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SARTECH I / Crewleader
The SARTECH I/CREWLEADER level of certification is the advanced level for SAR
personnel. The level is recommended only for persons who function on SAR missions
asfield searchers and who may function as Crew Leader. Persons who obtain this
certification are to function within the limits of the certification described
in the NASAR Certification Criteria for SARTECH I/CREWLEADER. The NASAR course
that prepares one to challenge the SARTECH I/CREWLEADER examination is Advanced
Search and Rescue.
This examination consists of both a written exam and a practical exam. The written
exam includes one hundred and twenty(120) questions covering the candidate's
knowledge of search and rescue. A passing grade is 70% or above. The candidate
is also required to successfully complete a four station practical exam. Should
the candidate not successfully complete the practical exam, only the stations
that are failed need be repeated within one year of the original testing date.
The re-testing may be completed at any SAR TECH I/CREWLEADER examination. If
the retesting is done within the one year of the original testing date, no additional
payment to NASAR is required. However, a host organization may charge a reasonable
fee to cover the costs of hosting the repeat examination.
The written exam includes questions from the following topics:
- NIMS Incident Command System
- Small Unit Leadership
- Crew Safety
- Crewleader SAR Ready Pack
- Maps, Symbology, & Land Navigation
- Search Techniques & Tactics
- Hazardous Terrain Skills
- Stress Management
The candidate's performance of SAR skills is evaluated at four practical exam
- Station #1: Crewleader SAR Ready Pack: Candidates demonstrate the ability to possess and
pack the required SAR equipment and supplies efficiently.
- Station #2: Hazardous Terrain Skills: Using the contents within the SAR Ready Pack candidates
establish a belay system between two points.
- Station #3: Patient Transport: Using the contents of their SAR Ready Pack and tracking sticks
candidates construct an improvised a stretcher.
- Station #4: Land Navigation: With the use of topographic maps and compass, candidates complete
a course over terrain commonly encountered in the operations area in a specified
time frame, not to exceed (2000) meters during night time.
The NASAR course that teaches the knowledge to successfully pass the SARTECH
I/CREWLEADER certification is the Advanced Search and Rescue course.
Certification Levels SARTECH through SARTECH I/CREWLEADER are a series of written
and practical examinations that test the levels of knowledge and practical skills
of SAR personnel. These examinations are based on the NASAR Certification Criteria
for SARTECH. The SARTECH Certification Criteria were formulated by the National
Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and recognized by many states and agencies.
They have also been submitted for review to the American Society for Testing and
Materials (ASTM) and National Fire Protection Association for their consideration
in their standards development.
The SARTECH program is an evaluation process not a learning process. Candidates
demonstrate basic SAR competency through written tests and practical skill demonstrations
of search and rescue skills.
Upon successful completion of the requirements, a certificate will be issued
to the person by NASAR. This certificate does not constitute a license to practice
the skills taught in a training program or to practice the knowledge and performance
skills that have been evaluated. The certificate does signify that the person
holding the certificate has met the requirements of established certification
criteria and/or performance skill on the date indicated on the certificate.
NASAR has developed three courses using the NASAR Certification Criteria for
SARTECH. These courses are Introduction to Search and Rescue, Fundamentals of
Search and Rescue and Advanced Search and Rescue. These courses are designed
to teach the student the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the level of SARTECH
certification that correspond to the course. Completion of these or any other
NASAR sponsored courses are not required for the candidate to challenge any certification
examination. The candidates training may come from any available source the candidate
Candidates who successfully complete the evaluation process will receive a certificate
and patch from NASAR signifying their certification level. NASAR does not require
a particular re-certification time period but leaves the decision to the organizations
and agencies that utilize the SARTECH personnel.
Please click on the word EDUCATION on the home page for a list of Frequently
Asked Questions which include the SARTECH I Certification Criteria and the Ready
Who Should Attend
All Operational SAR personnel wishing to function at the Crew Leader Level.
Candidates must becertified at the NASARSARTECH II level. Candidates must
have a current Advanced First Aid certification or above and a current CPR certification
or above and provide proof at exam. An ideal Crew Leader should be at the EMT
level or above. It is recommended, but not required, that candidates have at
least one hundred (100) hours on SAR missions; one hundred (100) hours of land
based SAR training; and at least two (2) years active membership with a SAR organization.
Candidate needs all equipment required for the written and practical exam.
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