Training of search and rescue teams is perhaps the most fundamental purpose of ISARC. Since 2002, the member agenciesod ISARC have sought to ensure continued development and consistence in the Illinois SAR curriculum. We provide this curriculum through the use of certified instructors who are current leaders and practitioners in the field of SAR.
If you would like to request additional information on any of the training programs offered by ISARC, or wish to schedule a course for your agency please email us.
To request a course, please use our course delivery request form. .
The Introduction to Search and Rescue (SAR) course is designed tooffer an overview of SAR concepts and operations. It provides a broad overview of SAR fundamentals, such as the definition of search, the scope of SAR operations, and SAR resources. This course is designed to address the needs of agencies that locally respond to SAR incidents and the 87% of incidents which are resolved in 3 hours by local resources. The components of the National and Illinois SAR Plan as well as ESF #9 are also covered in this course. This course is intended for all emergency responders, including police, fire, and emergency management personnel, who might be involved in a search incident during the normal course of their duties. Prior SAR training is not required to successfully complete this course.
Basic Land Navigation (BNAV) - 8 Hours
The Basic Land Navigation course is one of the basic training courses for personnel who have responsibilities to respond to a SAR incident as a field searcher. This course provides a broad overview of land navigation, use of compass (different types), pacing and distance determination and very basic topographic map information. This course is intended for all emergency responders, including police, fire, emergency management, and parks & recreation personnel, who might be involved in a search incident during the normal course of their duties. Prior SAR training or experience is not required to successfully complete this course, however ICS-100 level is recommended. Participants will however have to be affiliated with a member agency to take this course. .
Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) - 16 Hours
The Ground SAR course is considered the basic training course for personnel who have responsibilities to respond to a SAR incident as a field searcher. This course provides a broad overview of SAR fundamentals, lost person behavior, scope of SAR operations, SAR resources, search techniques, and search crew field operations. This course is designed to provide the training necessary for emergency management personnel to function on a SAR mission as specified inthe ESDA Administrative Rule. This course is intended for all emergency responders, including police, fire, emergency management, and park & recreationpersonnel, who might be involved in a sasearch incident during the normal course of their duties. Prior SAR training or experience is not required to successfully complete this course, however basic compass knowledge and ICS-100 leel are recommended. Participants will however have to be affiliated with an agency to take this course. This course will need to be renewed/repeated every three years, starting from April 1, 2014..
Search and Rescue Management (SARM) - 16 Hours
The search Management Course prvides the technical skills necessary to manage a missing person search. This course is intended for command level law enforcement, emergency managment, and SAR personnel who may serve in a search management capacity for their jurisdiction. Course topics include: Search Psychology and behavior, search strategy and tactics, applying ICS to Search Management, resource selection and allocation, public affairs and media management, managing external influence, documentation and litigation issues, and best practices and common mistakes.
This interactive cousrse engages the student through individual and group exercises and is presented using a combination of classroom lecture, discussion, video tapes, case studies, and culminates with an interactive , practical tabletop search exercise and test which allows the students to put into practice the skills learned throughout the course. The course material reflects the latest search management thinking, and includes the latest data, theories, and case studies. Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) - 16-hour is a required pre-requisite. ICS-200 is a recommended pre-requisite for this course. Participants will however have to be affiliated with a member agency to take this course.
ISARC is continously evaluating the training programs and content to ensurethat the needs of the Illinois SAR community are being met. Curriculum is reviewed at least every three years (and usually more often) to ensure that the material is always current and incorporates best practices. Several new courses will be developed and added to the course offering. Course development takes time, so please be patient.
Looking to the future, ISARC has come up with a matrix of training programs/certifications that will be developed in the coming years. As these training programs are developed, they will be added it the course offerings above. Keep coming back to check if new courses are added.