Training season starts in the fall and continues through winter and into early spring. Training is typically held the first weekend of every month. Below is a quick over view of the different courses.
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COURSE A - Basics
Washington Explorer Search and Rescue (WESAR) organization, objectives, and procedures. Equipment, packing, shelters; map and compass; hypothermia; subject behavior; search tactics and techniques; basic helicopter safety; and radio procedures.
POST FIRST AID - Class and Field First Aid
Basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certified courses (additional fee for those needing courses). First aid kits, rescue response, patient exam, subject care, litter handling (packing, lifting, carrying, and belaying) and first aid practical.
COURSE 1 - Search Methods, Wilderness Navigation and Camping
Designed to develop search skills and teamwork among potential Team Members, and the leadership skills of potential Team Leaders and Field Leaders. The trainees will be put through wet, cold, and rough situations; so they will be prepared to handle most anything encountered on an actual search and rescue (SAR) operation. In particular: Practice various search techniques ranging from hasty to detailed evidence search. Practice litter packing and subject evacuation. Learn basic navigation skills of pacing, compass use, and cross-country navigation.
COURSE B - Additional Basics
Legal aspects of SAR, critical incident stress, intro to tracking, SAR operation management, basic helicopter safety; snow camping, and avalanche safety. Practice in evidence observation, first aid, and map & compass skills.
COURSE 2 - Wilderness Navigation
Designed to test teamwork, wilderness camping, map & compass, and navigation skills under conditions of mental and physical stress of a level comparable to a search environment. Trainees, in teams, are given a series of cross-country and descriptive navigation problems which must be solved with specified accuracy and within a given time limit.
COURSE C - Additional Basics & Ropes
Crime scene preservation, SAR operations management practical, and written test on all training material for certification requirement. Demonstration and practice of knots, rope care, belaying, and prusiking in a controlled setting.
COURSE 3 - Simulated Search Operation (Mock Search)
Designed to develop and evaluate search skills and teamwork among potential Team Members; leadership skills of potential Team Leaders, Field Leaders, and Operations Leaders; and support skills of the Base Support personnel. Teams of 3-4 persons, under the direction of Team Leaders, Field Leader(s), and an Operations Leader are presented with a realistic search problem to resolve. Experimental field techniques may be used prior to introduction on an actual SAR operation. Other SAR groups may participate to develop cooperation with ESAR.