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2018 Ground Search and Rescue College

posted Dec 10, 2017, 3:06 PM by Richard Qualls
The 2018 Ground Search and Rescue Academy will be held at Fort Pickett, VA on 9, 10, 11 March, and 20,21, 22 April 2018.  The GSAR Academy provides the required skills training for qualification in both Virginia and CAP search and rescue certifications, as well as additional course offerings.  By offering ground team training in an intense two-weekend format, members can become qualified in a short period of time.

The college will offer two Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) courses: Search Team Member (STM), and Search Team Leader (STL).

● STM: On successful completion, CAP members will be qualified as Ground Team Member 1 (GTM1) as long as the member has passed CAP Test 117 (General Emergency Services), completed Introductory Communications User Training (ICUT), and has qualified in First Aid. Additionally, graduates will receive a VDEM STM certification as long as they are 16 years or older.

● STL: On successful completion, CAP members will be qualified as Ground Team Leaders (GTL) as long as the member has completed STM training plus IS-200 and is 18 years or older. IS-200 training is available through FEMA at the following web address: http://training.fema.gov/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-200.b. Graduates over 18 years old will also receive a VDEM STL certification.

● Standard First Aid training is available on the FRIDAY that the school begins (9 March).  You will need to arrive early. Registration for these classes will be forwarded cloer to the date of the Academy.

Participation Restrictions
Curry / Level 1. Cadets must have completed the Curry Achievement and Senior Members must have completed Level 1.

Age: 15 or older for STM. Cadets younger than 15 must have a parental note indicating they are comfortable with their cadet’s ability to handle serious issues that may be encountered during SAR operations including discussions on death, serious injury, and violence. Priority will be given to cadets over 15.

Cost: $50.00 for the class and $50.00 for food