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May 2021

NASAR FUNSAR (1st Weekend)

May 21 @ 8:00 am - May 23 @ 5:00 pm
Lawrence County, AL

This is the Fundamentals of SAR course required  for SARTECH II certification. Location for first weekend: Lawrence County EMA, Moulton, AL. This is a two weekend event. Participants must be present for both weekends. First weekend: May 21-23. Second weekend: May 29-30. View more about NASAR training.

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NASAR FUNSAR (2nd Weekend)

May 29 @ 8:00 am - May 30 @ 5:00 pm
Lawrence County, AL

This is the Fundamentals of SAR course required  for SARTECH II certification. Location second weekend: To be announced during the first weekend. This is a two weekend event. Participants must be present for both weekends. First weekend: May 21-23. Second weekend: May 29-30. View more about NASAR training.

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June 2021

Cave Rescue Exercise

June 11 @ 8:00 am - June 12 @ 5:00 pm

Hosted by RAT-SAR. Free to all search and rescue members. You must have technical rescue experience. Please email info@ratsar.org if you want to attend.

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July 2021

SARTECH III

July 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
RAT-SAR Training Area, 100 Randall Rd
Gallant, AL 35972 United States
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$60.00

July 17, 2021 Cost: $60.00 Introduction to SAR The Introduction to Search and Rescue (ISAR)/SARTECH III course is designed to provide knowledge concerning the general responsibilities, skills, abilities, and the equipment needed by persons who would be participating in a search or rescue mission. The course is based around rural and wilderness environments but the material is recommended as a base of knowledge for all SAR environments. ISAR/SARTECH III is the first course in a stepping stone approach to higher-level…

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Basic Rescuer Endorsement

July 24 @ 8:00 am - July 25 @ 5:00 pm
RAT-SAR Training Area, 100 Randall Rd
Gallant, AL 35972 United States
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Date: July 24-25, 2021 Location: RAT-SAR training grounds (100 Randall Road – Gallant, AL 35972) The Basic Rescuer course complies with ASTM F2752-19, Standard Guide for Training for Basic Rope Rescuer Endorsement which defines the basic training required for a person who participates in rope rescue as part of a larger rescue duty. This course also complies with NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications, 2021 edition, Rope Rescue, Chapter 5, Awareness Level. This is not a certification course.…

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HCRU Cave Rescue Class

July 29 @ 8:00 am - August 1 @ 5:00 pm
Brindlee Mountain Fire Department, 4373 US-231
Union Grove, AL 35175 United States
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$90.00

Open to all RAT-SAR members. Contact dan@hcru.org to get on the roster. Cost is 90 dollars but can be reimbursed through training grant.

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August 2021

Land Navigation

August 7 @ 8:00 am - August 8 @ 5:00 pm
RAT-SAR Training Area, 100 Randall Rd
Gallant, AL 35972 United States
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August 7-8, 2021 Location: Gallant, Alabama This 2-day class is designed to teach the student how to use map and compass with confidence. It covers map reading, terrain association, shooting and following an azimuth, back azimuths, intersection, resection, baselines, magnetic declination, map grids, and using a map with a GPS. The field exercise is a nav course where the students utilize what they have learned in the classroom. Even if you have never held a compass before you will walk away knowing…

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October 2021

Lightweight Rescue Technician

October 1 @ 8:00 am - October 3 @ 5:00 pm
RAT-SAR Training Area, 100 Randall Rd
Gallant, AL 35972 United States
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Two weekend course/exercise. October 1-3, 2021 and October 9-10, 2021 Location: First weekend: RAT training area (Gallant, AL). Second weekend: Bucks Pocket State Park (Grove Oak, AL) RAT-LRT (Lightweight Rescue Technician) This course is limited to 12 students. This 5-day (50+ hours) course combines the best of RAT’s technical classes into a single course for backcountry rescuers, climbers, cavers, or adventurers who may be immersed in rugged terrain for extended periods, or required to shelter in place without additional resources or a full…

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Lightweight Rescue

October 1 @ 8:00 am - October 10 @ 5:00 pm
RAT-SAR Training Area, 100 Randall Rd
Gallant, AL 35972 United States
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Two weekend course/exercise. October 1-3, 2021 and October 9-10, 2021 Location: First weekend: RAT training area (Gallant, AL). Second weekend: Bucks Pocket State Park (Grove Oak, AL) RAT-LRT (Lightweight Rescue Technician) This course is limited to 12 students. This 5-day (50+ hours) course combines the best of RAT’s technical classes into a single course for backcountry rescuers, climbers, cavers, or adventurers who may be immersed in rugged terrain for extended periods, or required to shelter in place without additional resources or a full…

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Search & Rescue Tracking

October 15 @ 8:00 am - October 17 @ 5:00 pm
RAT-SAR Training Area, 100 Randall Rd
Gallant, AL 35972 United States
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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…

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