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April 2021

Intro To Tracking

April 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
RAT-SAR Training Area, 100 Randall Rd
Gallant, AL 35972 United States
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This 1-day class is designed to teach the student the basics of human tracking. The student will learn to identify track indicators, dynamics of a foot print, rules of tracking, lost spoor procedures, individual tracking techniques, and tracking team formations in regards to search and rescue.

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NC Wilderness Week

April 28 @ 8:00 am - May 2 @ 5:00 pm
Camp Hope – Cruso, NC

Haywood Community College will be hosting their annual Wilderness Week April 28-May 2, 2021. The concept of this program is to provide Fire, EMS, Rescue, and Law Enforcement personnel with the opportunity to train and receive state certifications relative to the Search and Rescue field.  If the class does not carry a state certification, it will count toward continuing education. RAT-SAR personnel will be assistant instructors for the Advanced Wilderness Rescue portion of this class. Anyone interested in participating should contact Dee Massey…

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May 2021

Lightweight Raises and Lowers

May 8 @ 8:00 am - May 9 @ 5:00 pm
Bucks Pocket State Park – Grove Oak, AL, 393 Co Rd 174
Grove Oak, AL 35975 United States
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May 8-9, 2021 Randall’s Adventure & Training will be hosting a rescue raises and lowers class for the lightweight rescue technician. Cost: No charge Who can attend: All search and rescue personnel. (Email: info@ratsar.org to register) Locations: Buck’s Pocket State Park – Grove Oak, Alabama Gear limited to the following: ATC Guide, one each single sheave rescue pulley, two each short and two each long 6mm prusik loops, Dyneema anchor slings, 30’ body cord (8mm accessory cord), 6 each HMS…

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Single Rope Technique

May 14 @ 8:00 am - May 16 @ 5:00 pm
RAT-SAR Training Area, 100 Randall Rd
Gallant, AL 35972 United States
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This 3-day Single Rope Technique (SRT) class is designed for the beginning vertical rope practitioner (no previous rope experience required). If you're wanting to learn how to safely rappel for recreational purposes, or just starting your adventures in caving or lightweight rescue, this is the first class you should take. The following subjects are covered both in a classroom and field environment: Equipment, anchors, knots, belays, descending, ascending, change-overs, knot passing and self-rescue in a single rope vertical environment. Gear Requirements: Long…

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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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