EMER 130 - Search and Rescue

Course Description

This course will provide the student with the knowledge concerning the general responsibilities, skills, abilities and the equipment needed by those involved in search and rescue efforts. The course also provides the student with practical exercises and search missions where they are required to utilize the proper equipment. The contents of the course include topics in three major areas: survival, support, and search and rescue. Additionally, the student is provided with an excellent opportunity to discuss and investigate the role of search and rescue in relation to incident management as well as the roles and responsibilities of search and rescue leaders. Students will learn from the experiences of others to sharpen their understanding and skills relative to search and rescue.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Define the components of search and rescue operations and resources.
List the major responsibilities for search and rescue.
Describe the components of Incident Command System (ICS) and their functions.
Differentiate between at least three types of maps used in search and rescue.
Identify the use of topographical maps.
Define the plotting methods or grid systems.
Describe the parts of the compass.
Utilize a compass.
Define the six crucial steps in search and rescue management.
Differentiate between the two basic categories of search tactics (Passive and Active).
Describe the primary types of active search tactics.
Describe the techniques and methods used by searchers.
List searching or tactical skills needed by field searchers.
Explain why knowledge of lost person behavior can be an advantage to the searcher.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2

Course Prerequisites: Prereq: EMER 105