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Class size: Limited to 24

Preregistration Required: (10% late fee less than 14 days before class)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 18 hour course covering management of multiple teams, multiple search areas, coordinating agencies, assignments, correlation of information and tracking searched areas, LAST, Rescue – Evacuation – Recovery, Pre plan, size up, PLS / POD, Passive and Active search, Interview, Quick Searches, Boundry / perimeter establishment, Detail search, Interviewing witness or victims.

COURSE FORMAT: The GSAR 2 course is normally taught in a two day / 1 night training sessions. The course starts with classroom and a mock search mission. The mission runs concurrent throughout the class.

The person completing this course will have the knowledge and skills to function as a search team leader.

  • Current GSAR 1 required
  • This course is a prerequisite for GSAR 3

STANDARDS: This course meets and exceeds Industry Standards and NFPA  1006  chapter 16, requirements. To completely meet all NFPA requirements the Technician would need to attend the GSAR 1, 2, 3 and Wilderness Survival 1.

PPE: Each student is required to provide their own Personal Protective Gear:

  • Hiking or duty boots with ankle support
  • Clothing appropriate for training site (NO SHORTS)
  • Headlight and hand held lights for night training
  • Hiking stick
  • Map Compass (Example – Stansport Deluxe @ Wal Mart $6.10)
  • 24 hr. SAR Pack (Sample list available from RTI) including hydration system or water bottles
  • trail mix or snacks for field work.
PHYSICAL FITNESS REQUIREMENTS: RTI field courses are strenuous in nature. RTI recommends the student be in good physical and mental condition. There are segments of the class that are predominately in the field and require significant walking, possibly in inclement weather. There will be no rest room facilities while on missions.

Additional course information will be emailed to each student registered.


Applications due two weeks prior to class

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