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Technical Rescue Personnel: Wilderness Search and Rescue Awareness, Operations, and Technician

March 25, 2024

Huntsville Regional Training Center

5365 Triana Blvd SW
Huntsville, Alabama 35805

This course is based on NFPA 1006: Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications, Chapter 11, 2021 Edition. This course will equip the student with the skills and knowledge to be able to prepare and operate in a search and rescue environment, evaluate lost person behavior, determine the need for specialty resources, apply appropriate search patterns, locate and process evidence, navigate in a wilderness environment, and manage certain aspects of search and rescue.


(Pro Board or IFSAC) Certified Rescue Technician: Rope I or Technical Rescue Personnel: Rope Rescue Awareness and Operations Levels


Instate Cost: 350

Out of State Cost: 590

Required Text:

NASAR Wilderness Search and Rescue, Second Edition

Certification Course Syllabus and Practical Exam Materials – Currently under revision

Special Equipment:

  • ANSI approved Safety Helmet
  • Rescue type gloves or work gloves (not extrication gloves)
  • Clothing suitable for outside activities (long-sleeved shirt and pants, coveralls)
  • OSHA approved safety glasses

  • Recommended Materials:

  • 24-hour SAR Pack American Hiking Society “The 10 Essentials”
    • Appropriate footwear
    • Map and compass/GPS
    • Extra water and a way to purify it
    • Extra food
    • Rain gear and extra clothing
    • Safety items: fire, light, and a whistle
    • First aid kit
    • Knife or multi-purpose tool
    • Sunscreen and sunglass
    • Daypack/backpack