After Completion


Upon successful completion of the FUNSAR course, the student should be able to:

  •           Define the components of SAR operations
  •           List the major responsibilities for search and rescue
  •           Describe the components of ICS and their functions
  •           List and prioritize the necessities of life
  •           Explain the survival situation plan (STOP) Stay, Think, Observe, Plan
  •           List the similarities or differences and advantages or disadvantages of the different natural and synthetic materials used for SAR clothing
  •           Describe and demonstrate the function of each of the layers of clothing
  •           Differentiate between a 24-hour ready pack and urban ready pack
  •           Demonstrate the use of a 24-hour ready pack
  •           Describe advantages and disadvantages of the equipment used for SAR
  •           Demonstrate the use of personal SAR equipment
  •           Demonstrate traveling skills used for his/her environment
  •           Define, describe, and identify the signs and symptoms, and describe the treatment of common medical emergencies during SAR operations
  •           List and differentiate between at least three types of maps used in SAR
  •           Identify, define, and demonstrate the use of the topographical maps
  •           Define the plotting methods or grid systems and demonstrate the ability to use them to determine the coordinates for a given point
  •           Describe the parts of the compass and demonstrate the ability to use it
  •           Describe the navigational functions used in map and compass
  •           Demonstrate the ability to navigate during daylight and nighttime hours
  •           Differentiate between the two basic categories of search tactics (Passive and Active)
  •           Describe the primary types of active search tactics
  •           Describe the techniques and methods used for search tactics
  •           List and demonstrate at least five of the searching or tactical skills needed by field searchers
  •           Explain why SAR personnel search for clues not subjects
  •           List the information needed by the searcher when alerted
  •           Define and demonstrate the functions of the search crew positions
  •           Define track or print, sign, and step-by-step tracking as well as demonstrate the step-by-step tracking procedures
  •           List at least two materials used in rope and at least two types of design used in rope;as well as list at least five of the rules of rope etiquette
  •           List the different advantages and disadvantages of materials used in carabiners
  •           Describe the advantages and disadvantages of at least two types of stretchers or litters
  •           List at least five common radio procedures and guidelines
  •           Describe the basic legal philosophy concerning searcher knowledge, training, physical abilities, equipment, discipline, and control

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