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Fundamentals of Search and Rescue

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National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR)

Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (FUNSAR) is the only resource that covers Search and Rescue Technician (SARTECH) III & II requirements.

Providing an overview of all aspects of search and rescue procedures and equipment, FUNSAR teaches the essential techniques employed by nearly all search and rescue personnel.  FUNSAR offers an in-depth and practical approach to search and rescue and is recommended for all emergency responders.  Ideal for both paid and unpaid professionals, this resource is recommended for any person who functions on search and rescue missions as a field searcher.  FUNSAR offers an excellent mix of photos and illustrations, pullout boxes, key terms, survival methods, and numerous forms and checklists.

FUNSAR is recommended for any person who functions on search and rescue missions as a field searcher. Ideal for professionals and volunteers alike, this text offers:

An excellent mix of photos and illustrations depicting the technical aspects of the SAR experience.
Pullout boxes, called "SAR tips", to emphasize key points.
Important Search and Rescue terms highlighted throughout the text.
Several rescue and suvival methods illustrated in each chapter with photos showing examples of the equipment and clothing discussed.
Appendix including the SAR Track ID Form, Briefing and Debriefing Checklists, the Missing Person Questionnaire, the SAR Equipment List, selected ICS Forms, and the complete ICS Glossary.
The SARTECH II written exams includes questions on the following topics, all covered in the Fundamentals of Search and Rescue text:
  1. Incident Command System
  2. Basic Survival
  3. SAR Clothing
  4. Improvising
  5. Environmental Hazards and First Aid
  6. SAR Ready Pack
  7. Personal Equipment
  8. Travel Skills
  9. Land Navigation & Orienteering
  10. SAR Resources
  11. Search Philosophy
  12. Search Tactics
  13. Handling Evidence
  14. Clue Consciousness
  15. Search Operations
  16. Tracking
  17. Ropes & Rescue Equipment
  18. Legal Aspects for the Searcher
The candidate's performance of SAR skills is evaluated at six practical exam stations involving:
  • Station #1: Land Navigation: Use of topographic maps and compass. Candidates complete a course over terrain commonly encountered in the operations area in a specified time frame, not to exceed 600 meters.
  • Station #2: Tracking: Candidates identify and mark a footprint track left by the evaluator and follow the track to its end.
  • Station #3: 24-hour Pack: Candidates demonstrate the ability to possess and pack the required SAR equipment and supplies efficiently.
  • Station #4: Rope Skills: Candidates demonstrate the ability to tie four basic knots and a harness with supplied rope and webbing.
  • Station #5: Route Search: Locating and labeling clues in a given area demonstrating the ability to detect 50 % of the clues using a route search tactic.
  • Station #6: Area Search: Locating and labeling clues in a given area demonstrating the ability to detect 50% of the clues using an area search tactic.
Table of Contents

Section 1  SAR Overview
 Chapter 1 SAR Overview 
 Chapter 2 SAR Systems
 Chapter 3 SAR Incident Management and Organization
 Chapter 4 Legal Considerations

Section 2  Support Information, Skills and Equipment
 Chapter 5 Physiology and Fitness
 Chapter 6 Survival and Improvisation 
 Chapter 7 Clothing
 Chapter 8 Safety in SAR Environments  
 Chapter 9 The SAR Ready Pack and Personal Equipment 
 Chapter 10 Navigation
 Chapter 11 SAR Resources and Technology
 Chapter 12 Travel Skills: Foot Travel for SAR Personnel
 Chapter 13 Tracking

Section 3  SAR Operations
 Chapter 14 Search:  Background and Related Issues
 Chapter 15 Search Operations
 Chapter 16 Rescue

Section 4  Appendices
 Chapter A1 FEMA search marking systems 
 Chapter A2 Urgency Determination Form 
 Chapter A3 Track ID Form 
 Chapter A4 Briefing and Debriefing Checklists 
 Chapter A5 Missing Person Questionnaire 
 Chapter A6 SAR Tech II equipment list
 Chapter A7 Selected ICS Forms
 Chapter A8 Kinds and Types of Single Resource and Strike Team Standards for SAR Incidents based on NASAR Standards

Section 5 Glossary


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