Due to ongoing operations and last minute events, training dates are subject to change. RAT-SAR members should verify the training time and date prior to arrival.
Due to Covid-19, physical participation in RAT-SAR training / meetings is strictly voluntary. If you choose to participate, please read the following statement:
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the participation in group activities in which social distancing is difficult, if not impossible, is likely to result in the increased chance of exposure to the virus, which may increase the likelihood of contracting the disease. This exposure is possible through direct contact with other people, proximity to other people, and contact with surfaces that other people have had contact with. By participating in the activities, you represent that you do not have reason to believe that you have contracted the disease, have not experienced symptoms of the disease, or have been diagnosed with the disease. By participating in this activity, you represent that you have been informed of these risks and voluntarily assume the risks of potential infection of the disease. You also understand that there is the possibility that you may transmit the disease to others, even if you do not show symptoms of the disease.
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Search & Rescue Tracking
October 15 @ 8:00 am - October 17 @ 5:00 pm
October 15-17, 2021
Location: Gallant, Alabama
This class is designed for Search and Rescue/ Public Safety personnel who may be tasked with locating people who are missing in a wilderness environment. Students will be instructed in the methods and tactics of tracking lost persons in varied terrain. The class will also cover the following:
- Duties of the individual tracker
- Duties of the tracking team member
- Tracking team communication
- Command duties and responsibilities
- SAR team tracking formations
- Sign cutting
- Lost track procedures
- Locating track and “sign” evidence
- Track aging and more
At the end of this block of instruction students will be able to work as a member of a SAR tracking team in a wilderness environment while using visual techniques, terrain, and weather conditions to locate tracks and “sign” left by a lost person in passing. As a result, the students will never look at the ground the same way. They will be more “clue” aware, and have a much greater appreciation for what they see. This knowledge will make them a more rounded rescuer and will increase their chances of locating lost subjects.
- Hiking boots or shoes
- Clothing adequate for the season
- Rain gear
- Small daypack
- Pen/pencil and notepad
- Water container (Camelback or Nalgene)
- Sunscreen or bug spray if needed