Search & Rescue Tracking
After the core field skills of the Search and Rescue professional have been attained, a decision is made to expand one's personal skills towards a specialty, or the entire team specializes to become more effective for the SAR effort in your area. In our courses and SAR TECH program, NASAR has shown insight and leadership in developing text books, field classes, and credentialing for the core skills.
The NASAR Search and Rescue Tracking Fundamentals (TRACKING) program is designed to provide courses with up-to-date educational material and/or instructors to assist you in developing the specialty skill set of a mantracker. Humans tracking humans within the confines of an organized ICS search effort is what we teach. This program will be compatible with all current commercial tracking schools (for use as a pre-class or post-class) and meets current ASTM Standards. It can provide your internal unit instructors with an opportunity to become an official NASAR Tracking Instructor, giving them access to NASAR's material and documentation. This program promotes consistency of terms, technique, tactics, and practice for an inclusive, cohesive interaction with your neighboring SAR units.
NASAR Tracker Education Committee (NASAR TEC) Info:
Mantracking is an add-on skill set to your land field-search skills and should be learned by all searchers. The levels of tracking proficiency can continuously be built upon towards an expertise in the skill of visually tracking humans.
The Committee meets routinely via conference call and communicates regularly concerning either self-initiated projects or those tasked by the NASAR Board of Directors. It also monitors the progress of the ASTM Committee.
All Committee members are trackers from varied backgrounds and training. Instructors or Lead Instructors of our Tracking Course are routinely invited to be a part of the Tracking Education Committee. We strive to set aside egos and concentrate on the tracking tasks needed during a search incident, the knowledge SAR trackers must have, and the skill level at which we need our trackers to be.
We maintain and monitor a discussion group at http://nasartrackingprogram.wiggio.com that is separate from the committee; you are welcome to join. We often ask the discussion group for their opinions on issues that we are acting upon. The current discussion group password is nasartracker.
We honor the legacies of that handful of notable United States Border Patrol Officers who succeeded in reintroducing the skill set of mantracking into our SAR community. Also, we recognize the many tracking schools and unique pockets of skill development that have taken place, and certainly the state and county coordinated tracking programs that adhere to mandated standards. We would like to express great gratitude to the hundreds of in-house SAR Unit tracking trainers who have developed and stepped forward over these past 40 years of SAR tracking establishment. These dedicated trackers have been successfully propagating the skill set of mantracking within our SAR Units.