Search & Rescue Skills


Modern search & rescue operations focus on quickly finding and transporting the lost or missing person. To do this, ground teams must be fully trained and already know their jobs and duties. This course introduces the student to these techniques through lecture and actual operations in the field. Upon completion, the student will be proficient in modern search and rescue techniques, and be able to perform them upon request without assistance.

When & Where

Current Cal-ESAR Candidates and Members: Please log in to the Member Portal for schedule and location details

Skills emphasized

  • Preliminary ("Hasty") search techniques

  • Grid lines

  • Critical separation

  • Evidence searches

  • Man tracking

  • Search team duties & composition

  • Types of assignments

  • Night time techniques

  • Sign cutting

  • Radio protocol

  • Briefings & debriefings

  • Lost person profiles

  • Safety issues

  • Basics of the Incident Command System (ICS)

  • Packaging, evacuation & transport of the injured person