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Indiana Department of Homeland Security

IDHS > About IDHS > Training & Exercise > Training Branch > Search and Rescue Training Program > Search Management Training Program Search Management Training Program

The Ground Search and Search management program consists of structured classes of varying levels from basic foundation training to advanced skills. Our facility also offers workshops, individual instruction and opportunities for Response Agencies, Search Organizations, and Individuals to learn about Ground Search Techniques and Search Management. This not only teaches the responder skills needed to properly search for missing persons, but it gives agencies an opportunity to work together and understand each others roles during an incident. These courses are the foundation to any well rounded Search and Rescue training program.


Ground Search and Search Management Courses:
K9xxx indicates courses designed for canine handlers and their canines or those interested in how canines are trained and work (Note: dog not required for course, observers welcome)
SARxxx indicates ground search and search management courses

Course numbers designate the level of training:
100 courses are workshops and foundation training
200 courses are Basic level courses
300 courses are Intermediate level courses
400 courses are Advanced level courses
500 courses are Specialty courses

SAR100 -CRIME SCENE ORIENTATION- BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS: 5hrs
Max # Students 30
This one day course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of crime scene procedures, protecting evidence and documentation, safety of the operator and canine in potential hazardous situations (Meth labs, hazmat environments, etc) Safety in working with and around blood borne pathogens is covered along with procedures for utilizing personal protective equipment. This course utilizes both lecture and practical sessions.
PRE-REQUISITES:

  • ICS 100 (Introduction to Incident Command)
  • IS 700 (Introduction to NIMS)
  • AWR-160 WMD AWARENESS (or equivalent)
  • HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AWARENESS

SAR101 – SEARCH AND RESCUE SKILLS DAY: 8hrs
Max # Students 20
This one day course is designed to give the students an opportunity to perfect their skills. Instructors will be available to assist with basic knots, search techniques, map and compass, and other areas where students wish to improve their skills.
PRE-REQUISITES:

  • ICS 100 (Introduction to Incident Command)
  • IS 700 (Introduction to NIMS)

SAR110 -HELICOPTER OPERATIONS: 8hrs
Max # Students 30 K-9 15
This one day class is designed to give the student the tools necessary to safely work with and around helicopters, establish a landing zone (LZ) in both urban and rural settings, establish ground air communications, and understand operational procedures and considerations when utilizing canines. This course consists of both lecture and field operations.
PRE-REQUISITES:

  • ICS 100 (Introduction to Incident Command)
  • IS 700 (Introduction to NIMS)

SAR200 -GROUND SEARCH TECHNIQUES - Awareness: 16hrs
Max # Students 30
This two day course is designed to introduce the student to the specialized training required for ground search operations. The knowledge and skills topics covered in this awareness course include: Introduction to SAR, SAR management, map & compass, communications, search theory, lost person behavior, SAR resources, clue consciousness, ground search tactics, search operational process, and a table-top mock search exercise. This course is based on ASTM and NFPA standards for searching rural and wilderness environments. Note: This is a classroom-only course that ALL personnel involved in SAR should attend. This course is based off of ASTM and NFPA standards for searching rural and wilderness environment.
PRE-REQUISITES:

  • CPR & FIRST AID
  • ICS 100 (Introduction to Incident Command)
  • IS 700 (Introduction to NIMS)

SAR300 -GROUND SEARCH TECHNIQUES -Operations: 16hrs
Max # Students 30
This two day course is designed to expand upon the awareness level course and provides hands-on training for field personnel to effectively participate in ground search operations as a crew member. The knowledge and skills topics covered in this operations course include: SAR management at the crew member level, survival, improvement, self-sufficiency, outdoor environmental hazards, outdoor clothing, personal equipment SAR, backcountry travel skills, land navigation, ground crew search techniques & tactics, tracking lost/missing persons, handling evidence & crime-scene protection, basic knots for SAR, non-technical litter evacuation, helicopter operations, and an outdoor mock search exercise. This course is based on ASTM and NFPA standards for searching rural and wilderness environments. Note: Since several field exercises are included in this course the student must come equipped for any weather and be prepared for physical exertion in the field.
PRE-REQUISITES:

  • CPR & FIRST AID
  • SAR200 GROUND SEARCH TECHNIQUES-Awareness
  • ICS 100 (Introduction to Incident Command)
  • IS 700 (Introduction to NIMS)
  • ICS 200 (Basic Incident Command)
  • AWR-160 WMD AWARENESS (or equivalent)
  • HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AWARENESS

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SAR400 -GROUND SEARCH TECHNIQUES -Technician: 16hrs
Max # Students 30
This two day course expands upon the operations course and is designed for the ground search crew leader. The knowledge and skills topics covered in this technician course include: SAR management at the crew leader level, leadership for crew, strike, & task force leader, crew safety & crew leader equipment, stress management, advanced land navigation, nighttime land navigation & field exercises, ground crew search tactics leadership & management, air-ground coordination, negotiating hazardous terrain, and an outdoor mock search exercise as a crew-leader. This course is based on ASTM and NFPA standards for searching rural and wilderness environments. Note: Since several field exercises are included in this course the student must come equipped for any weather and be prepared for physical exertion in the field.
PRE-REQUISITES:

  • SAR200 GROUND SEARCH TECHNIQUES-Awareness
  • SAR300 GROUND SEARCH TECHNIQUES-Operations
  • SAR110 HELICOPTER OPERATIONS
  • ICS 100 (Introduction to Incident Command)
  • IS 700 (Introduction to NIMS)
  • ICS 200 (Basic Incident Command)
  • ICS 300 (Intermediate Incident Command)
  • IS 800 (Introduction to the National Response Plan)
  • AWR-160 WMD AWARENESS (or equivalent)
  • HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AWARENESS
  • HAZARDOUS MATERIALS OPERATIONS

SAR250 -SEARCH AND RESCUE MANAGEMENT – Awareness: 16hrs
Max # Students 30
This two-day course is designed to introduce the student to the specialized training required for management of search and rescue operations. The knowledge and skills topics covered in this awareness course include: introduction to search management, leadership of the management staff, common search management mistakes, operational preplanning, introduction to search theory, initial response to a SAR incident, managing the first operational period, introduction to search planning, introduction to search operations, transition into the second operational period, and a table-top mock search exercise.
PRE-REQUISITES:

  • SAR200 GROUND SEARCH TECHNIQUES-Awareness
  • ICS 100 (Introduction to Incident Command)
  • IS 700 (Introduction to NIMS)
  • ICS 200 (Basic Incident Command)
  • AWR-160 WMD AWARENESS (or equivalent)
  • HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AWARENESS

SAR500 -TRACKING & SIGNCUTTING: 16hrs
Max # Students 20
This two day class will introduce the student to the art of finding, identifying, and following the evidence of a person’s presence and their direction of travel. Tracking provides the search and rescue responder with invaluable information that may otherwise go unseen. Tracks and clues are numerous but being able to locate them takes the proper training. This course will help the student to become “track aware” by introducing equipment needed and how it is used, responsibilities of tracking teams, fundamental principals of tracking, the effects of the environment on tracks, and identifying various tracks and clues through both classroom and field exercises.
PRE-REQUISITES:

  • CPR & FIRST AID
  • SAR200 GROUND SEARCH TECHNIQUES-Awareness
  • ICS 100 (Introduction to Incident Command)
  • IS 700 (Introduction to NIMS)

SAR510 -HELICOPTER OPERATIONS -Tactical: 8hrs
Max # Students 30
This one day class is designed to give a detailed overview of helicopter operations, safety and landing zone (LZ) procedures in day to day tactical situations. The student will be able to select and safely establish a helicopter landing zone (LZ) in both urban and rural settings and establish communications. Special attention and focus will be given to the needs of Law Enforcement. This course consists of both lecture and field operations.
RESTRICTIONS: This course is restricted to law enforcement agencies and will only be conducted on an as needed basis, with the approval of the IDHS Director of Training.
PRE-REQUISITES:

  • ICS 100 (Introduction to Incident Command)
  • IS 700 (Introduction to NIMS)

SAR520 –Land Navigation (operations): 16hrs
Max # Students 20
Students will review basic map skills before moving on to practice intermediate and advanced techniques.  Map and Compass are used together in challenging Land Navigation field exercises.  At the end of this course, students will be able to safely and accurately navigate using a variety of maps and systems.  This course is designed for SAR crews, Police, Wildfire Personnel, Wilderness EMT's, Naturalists, Storm Spotters and more.
Topics include- -Accurate Compass Bearings, Determining line of travel, Bearings and back azimuths, Determining distances on the map and on the ground, Reading topographical maps, Identifying common land features, Plotting location with UTM coordinates, GPS Please be prepared to stay late course includes Day and Night exercises.
PRE-REQUISITES:

  • CPR & FIRST AID
  • ICS 100 (Introduction to Incident Command)
  • IS 700 (Introduction to NIMS)



For more information write to Lillian Hardy
or call 812-526-0013

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