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Training Requirements
Communications
First Aid
CPR
Operations of a Search
Basic Land Navication
Helicopter Use
Search Techniques
Equipment Familiarity
Driver Training (optional)




Communications

TCSAR provides radios to most members. The Communications training provides you with the understanding of the channels we use, proper procedures for use, proper language to use, and a brief overview of important FCC regulations. 

Required Equipment:

None

Recommended Equipment:

Unit Radio

 

First Aid

First Aid classes are offered periodically to members.  A member may also attend any other accredited First Aid class.   If a member is already certified through another class, they simply need to provide proof of current certification.

 

CPR

TCSAR will arrange several CPR classes throughout the year.   This class is free of charge to members.  If a member is already certified through another class, they simply need to provide proof of current certification.

 

Operations of a Search

This training will provide you with a high level of understanding of the functional roles within a search. This will allow you to understand your role better and how it relates to those managing the search. This class is geared towards those not performing a leadership role within a search, however it provides foundational information for those intending to reach leadership levels. 

Required Equipment:

None

Recommended Equipment:

None

 

Basic Land Navigation

Do you know how to use a compass? Most people say yes, however a compass is used for far more than just finding North. This class teaches members to use a compass with a map to help locate themselves and others, plot out a route and stick to it, and provide coordinates back to command. Proper use of a GPSr according to TCSAR standards will also be taught. The class also includes foundational understanding of UTM, magnetic declination, distance calculation and many other useful skills for the field. 

Required Equipment:

Compass (One with adjustable declination, clinometer, sighting mirror, lanyard, 2 degree markings, and map scales is highly recommended.) 

Clothing, Food, and Water for a full day of hiking outside.

Recommended Equipment:

GPS

 

Helicopter Use

No, you won't learn how to fly one, but you will learn the skills required to ride in one. In searches where time is of the essence or great distances must be covered, helicopters are frequently employed. They are a powerful effective tool, but also very dangerous. Learn to respect the delicacy of these birds so you can have a safe enjoyable ride. 

Required Equipment:

None

Recommended Equipment:

None

 

Search Techniques

Members must learn the skills to perform searches as a team and provide a high enough Probability of Detection of the subject in order for a search to be successful.  Some of the methods taught include grid searches, sound sweeps, and attraction methods.

 

Equipment and Driver Training

TCSAR has acquired a variety of equipment over the years.  Every searcher must be familiar with all of the equipment and proper procedures for the use of the equipment and vehicles.  This class is usually taught during the April training cycle.  We also utilize several vehicles and if you desire to drive them, you must take the driver training.

Required Equipment:

None

Recommended Equipment:

None