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AFRCC Inland SAR Course (5-day course)

Lt Col John Henderson

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8:00 AM - Friday, October 19, 2018 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

AFRCC Inland SAR Course (5-day course)

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AFRCC Inland SAR Course (5-day course)
AFRCC Inland SAR Course (5-day course)
Oct 12, 2018 Free  

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Inland SAR Planning Course

The five (5) day Inland SAR Planning Course is a comprehensive, "graduate-level" look at search theory and its application to land and air searches for missing persons and aircraft, focusing on wilderness, not urban, searches. The course consists of classroom lessons and practical, tabletop exercises. This course does not incorporate field training. Emphasis is on the planning necessary for effective area-type searching during an extended search using Probability of Success (POS), rather than just a few elements of POC or POD, to allocate limited resources to their best effect. In essence, what to do after the rapid (hasty) search and specialty resources have not found the search object. Additional topics include pre-plan development, legal aspects, Cospas-Sarsat System, and federal SAR roles and responsibilities. The course does not teach search tactics or technical procedures, as those are well covered from other readily available sources.

The course is directed toward SAR leaders in federal, state, and local emergency services and law enforcement, as well as Civil Air Patrol, international, and volunteer SAR agencies -- those few people who are responsible for the planning and overall conduct of inland search missions. Aiming to "find the objective fast," the course centers on tools to help SAR decision makers determine where to search, how to divide an area between limited search resources, and how to craft the overall search effort to gain the best increases in likelihood of success at each step. The tools are mathematically based and not for the faint of heart; they help quantify the uncertainties of the search problem to allow consistent application throughout a mission.

Classes begin promptly at 0800 on the convening date and graduate by 1530 on the fifth day. Prior to class, students should review and be conversant on the following from their own agencies in order to make class discussions more useful and help integrate class materials with their own search environments back home:

  • Search pre-plans
  • Decision making guidelines for where/when/how to search
  • Agreements and relationships with other SAR agencies
  • How their agency organizes on scene
  • Recent search missions
  • A firm grounding in SAR terminology and employment techniques, practical SAR experience, basic arithmetic and calculator skills, an understanding of local SAR mission management requirements, and an open mind are essential.
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Maryland Wing Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol
3085 Hernwood Road
Woodstock, MD 21163

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8:00 AM - Friday, October 19, 2018 at 5:00 PM (EDT)


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