Training Announcements

Subject: SAR Management Training Opportunity


Initial Response Incident Commander Wilderness SAR


Because 85% of all searches are resolved in the first 12 hours, and 97% are resolved in the first 24 hours, the emphasis of this course is on decisions and actions required during the first 24 hours of a search.  This course focuses on the Initial Response, and ensuring that the participants are able to lead an initial response effectively, from the first notice through the transition to an Incident Management Team.  Participants will learn how to use the applicable ICS forms, Lost Person Questionnaires, and WinCasie III to document the search, and plan for future efforts.  Table top exercises will make up at least 50% of the classroom time in this course.  Course will be presented by Paul Anderson, National Park Service (Retired.)

Date:  August 23-24, 201708:00-17:00 daily

Location:  Clark County Public Safety Complex, 505 NW 179th St, Ridgefield, WA 98642.

Cost:  No cost for tuition or course materials.  Students will need note taking materials and a Windows laptop computer.  Travel, lodging, and meals are the student’s/agency’s responsibility.

Prerequisites:  None.  Previous ICS training (IS-100.LEb and IS-200.b) highly recommended. (These are Independent Study courses; see:

Registration:  Contact Chris Long, State SAR Coordinator, ( ) to register.  Priority to Washington State law enforcement officers and registered volunteers with SAR incident command and general staff responsibilities. 


Training Resources

Are you looking for a method to administer the written tests for Core Competency Training?
At this link are online tests. Choose "no agency affiliation" in the form before you submit. 
A PDF certificate is available at the completion of these tests.

Are you looking for training material?
At this link is the material for training.

Are you seeking an online management system for your training and mission response records?
For the technically inclined, see this link on GitHub. Please keep in mind that the rosters you submit are not entered or tracked by the state.