[MSAR] training response from Dana in Kansas
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una.smith at att.net
Wed Jul 11 00:58:14 EDT 2007
Unfortunately, I don't have any information for you re MSAR in Kentucky, than has been given already on MSAR-Riders. (Have you searched our list archive on the web?)
Here is some more orientation, to add to what I've seen already from Dana and Irv. The bulk of basic MSAR training is SAR training. Re SAR training, find out what is expected in your state, Kentucky. To do that, contact established SAR units in the state, or the state Division of Emergency Management (DEM). DEM has a SAR Program and among other functions it provides several SAR courses free of charge.
Although someone here has recommended buying Don Cooper's book "Fundamentals of Search and Rescue" from the NASAR bookstore, it is only fair to mention there are other sources. On Amazon.com, the current edition (2005) costs $38.23. The publisher, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, offers the book at $34.00 if you order 5 or more copies and an instructor's toolkit CD-ROM .
NASAR is a US member organization that runs an annual conference and has a proprietary training and certification program. SAR TECH I, II, and III usually refer to NASAR's certifications for, respectively, team leaders, field team members, and novice field team members. By all accounts, NASAR SAR TECH II and III test to "Fundamentals of Search and Rescue".
In some states, NASAR certifications are what SAR managers will want you to have, but that is not the case everywhere. Eg, New Mexico has its own training manual and certification testing program, at no cost to SAR responders: the "PACE Exam" that I have mentioned here many times (you can search our list archive via Google). Once you find out what is expected in Kentucky, please report back to us! (I would also like to know why Kentucky, home of so many horse farms, is not already bursting with mounted SAR units.)
Just a caveat: despite their titles, all of these training resources focus on SEARCH, with not much about RESCUE. Depending on your local situation, you may or may not need separate rescue training.
Hope this helps, without seeming overwhelming!
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