Course:

Search and Rescue - Basic/ Coordinator

This course runs for 10 days in total.

The first 6 days of training will develop a baseline level of competency in Volunteer Ground Search and Rescue. Each Basic Level training session is anticipated to have 4 days in class (theory) and 2 days on land (practical), one of which an elder will be providing instruction in Inuit Traditional Knowledge in the local area. Students will be expected to provide their own equipment, clothing, food etc. for the practical session.

The second part/last 4 days of the course will cover the coordinator's duties, including administration, that are associated with Ground Search and Rescue. 

Participants may register for the Basic Level training only or may choose to go on to the Coordinator Level training. 

Teaching Blocks

The training for Basic includes topics such as:

A. PROGRAM

Human Rights Sensitivity
Jurisdictions and Responsibilities
Financial and Administrative Information
Legal Rights and Obligations
Workers Compensation status
Ethical Issues
Personal and Psychological Issues

B. GENERAL OPERATIONAL

Skills Overview
Standards of Training
Personal Safety
Preparation and callout
Traveling
Personal Maintenance
Survival
Importance of record keeping

C. NAVIGATION

Maps
Compass / GPS

D. TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Awareness of Radio Operations
Satellite and Cell Phones
Awareness of roles

E. SEARCH

Overview of Search Theory and incident management
Notification
Assembling/checking in
Assignments
Demobilization
Confinement/containment of area
Attraction
Sound sweeps
Visual sweeps
Tracking
Night searching
Shoreline searching
Evidence/crimescene awareness
Evidence handling
Record keeping - chain of evidence
Handling of deceased

F. LOST PERSON BEHAVIOUR

Overview of Lost Person Behaviour

 

The training for Coordinator includes topics such as:

A. PROGRAM

Advanced Responsibilities in leadership areas.
Experience in Search leadership.

B. GENERAL OPERATIONAL

Knowledge/recognition of responsibilities involved
Preplanning Site Management (Establishment of Command Post and Logistics)
Record-Keeping (Tracking People and Equipment)
Managing the Search Function
Planning
Execution
Demobilization (specific)
Nunavut vs. Urban or Wilderness Search: similarities and differences

No classes currently scheduled for this course