Ravalli County Search & Rescue

Training Requirements

Training Requirements
Last Revised May 1st, 2015

Full Member training requirements
New members will be on probationary status until they complete the following

  1. Introduction to RCSAR Policies
  2. Introduction to Communication policies, procedures, and equipment use
  3. NIMS IS 100 online course (Incident Command System training)
  4. NIMS IS 700 online course (Incident Command System training)
  5. SAR Tech III (NASAR online or in house course)
  6. Introduction to Wilderness Navigation
  7. Introduction to Technical rescue safety and procedures
  8. Introduction to Water rescue safety and procedures
  9. Introduction to Avalanche awareness and safety
  10. 50% attendance at meetings their first year
  11. Participate in 6 field trainings/year
  12. Been a member of RCSAR for 12 months

Additional certification and/or training

  1. ATV Safety class
    required prior to operating an ATV on a mission or training.
  2. Snowmobile Safety class
    required prior to operating a snow machine on a mission or training.
  3. Level 1 Avalanche course (this is a 2.5 day class)
  4. MLPI (managing lost person incident) course
    Required to become an IC
  5. SRT (swift water rescue technician course)
    required for members of swift water rescue team.
  6. Introduction to ELT operations

Once full member status has been achieved, to be considered an "Active" member one must attend 6 general meetings and 6 field trainings during the calendar year.

Full and Active member status will be required for any of the following roles

  • SAR Board Member
  • IC
  • Ops Chief
  • Field Team Leader
  • Specialty Team Leader
  • Voting

Members who have achieved "full" member status but do not meet the requirements of an "active" member can respond to calls. Their level of involvement, like everyone else, will be at the discretion of the IC and/or Ops Chief.

To take IS 100 or IS 700 independant study classes go to training.fema.gov. Click FEMA independant study, then ckcil NIMS Courses, then scroll down to IS 100 or IS 700.

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