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  • Steve Vanderhill
    From: kcsar_general-bounces@kcvrm.net [mailto:kcsar_general-bounces@kcvrm.net] On Behalf Of Kent County Search & Rescue General List Sent: Saturday, September
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 24, 2012


      From: kcsar_general-bounces@... [mailto:kcsar_general-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Kent County Search & Rescue General List
      Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2012 12:22 AM
      To: Kent County SAR ALL List
      Subject: [Kent County Search and Rescue] Training Opportunities


      You are invited to our upcoming fall training and SAR School:




      Ground Search and Rescue Operations

      Saturday October 13th, 2012 10:00AM - 2200

      Sunday October 14th, 2012 0900-1600ish

      **(Times are subject to change with instructor availability)**

      Cost: $50.00 per Person – Checks Payable to KCEST

      ****2012 Curriculum****

      Topics Include:

      Intro to Land Navigation

      Search Equipment

      Search Techniques

      Night Search Techniques

      Course Meets or Exceeds NFPA & NIMS requirements for Wilderness SAR

      Pre Requisite Incident Command System (FEMA IS-100 & IS-200)


      Kent County, MI

      ** You will need to attend all days/times for certification

      ** There will be a limit of 30 participants in the GSAR operations training

      ** Must be in reasonably good physical shape for field operations part

      To sign up:



      Search and Rescue Skills courses – these courses are intensive skills courses that provide the training for a solid foundation for search and rescue personnel.   The classes take the skills learned in Ground SAR Operations and advances your knowledge.   All courses are comprehensive and exceed the standards for the National SAR Standard – there are no prerequisites and the public is invited.


      Land Navigation and Orienteering (SAR Focused)


      Saturday, October 20th, 2012 (Saturday)


      0800h-1200h – Lecture Only (4 hours)

      1300h-1600 – Field Training and Evaluation (3 hours)



      Kent County Sheriff’s Department – Lecture

      Townsend County Park – Field Training


      This course is designed specifically for Search and Rescue applications. The course exceeds requirements regarding land navigation skills for most national standards, including the National Association for Search and Rescue and the Kent County Search and Rescue Team.

      No matter what you do outdoors, this class is for you. Hunting, fishing, hiking, adventure racing, geocaching, kayaking, bird watching; any outdoors person can find this class useful. This is an in depth study of land navigation from an experienced navigator. Learn about earth mapping, map reading, compass reading, coordinate systems, Map Datums, search and rescue navigation standards, and the Global Positioning System. Learn formal theory and tricks of the trade. The lecture creates your knowledge foundation and the field training builds and reinforces what you have learned. You are guaranteed to learn something.





      Survival & Improvisation – SS1 & SS2


      Sunday, October 21st, 2012


      Lecture 0800 hrs to 1200 hrs

      Practical Evaluation 1300 to 1600 hrs


      Kent County Sheriff’s Department (Lecture)

      Fallasburg County Park (Practical)


      This course is newly expanded for 2012. We have added a 4 hour lecture to provide a very comprehensive course covering a wide range of priorities, knowledge and skills to help individuals survive the first 72 hours of a wilderness or disaster incident. Priorities, skills and knowledge will also assist individuals in a wide variety of outdoor and emergency preparedness situations. This course provides a strong foundation for Search and Rescue personnel and is an excellent course for those interested in preparing for the worst.   Concepts of this class are valuable for any outdoor enthusiast -  hunters, fishermen, rock climbers, hikers, kayakers, etc.   Many skills will also enhance camping knowledge and camp craft skills.





      If you have any questions, feel free to email:  chayden@...




      Chuck Hayden, WFR

      Deputy Director - Training, Kent County SAR

      Director of Expedition Resources, Fortune Bay Expedition Team


      Rescue 3 Intl – Technical Rope Rescue Technician


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