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2021 SAR Academy Course

The Benton County Search and Rescue Certification Course is only offered once per year.  This course is an opportunity to learn many new skills and become certified to be deployed on mission’s, if you join one of our volunteer units.  Current or in-process Benton County SAR members will have priority for limited seating.

Schedule:  The course starts on March 4th  and ends on May 2nd. Class days and times are Thursday nights 6:00-9:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am – 3:00pm.  To view last years schedule see below under supporting documents.

Attendance:  It is mandatory to attend all field exercises and most all evening classes in order to graduate.  If you have a certificate that you are skilled in a particular topic, you may be excused if unable to attend that class. 

Minors:  The academy is geared toward adults, but open to all persons age 16 and older. Individuals under 18-years-of-age must have a signed consent from a parent or legal guardian and must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian during the class. In addition to all other registration materials, complete and sign the SAR Academy Minor Participation Authorization Form.

Prerequisites: If accepted to the class, you will be required to complete two online courses for the Incident Command System ICS 100 & 700, PRIOR to the start of the Academy: http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.aspx

Fee:  A $125.00 fee covers the cost of books and course materials.

To Register:  The application to apply for the course is not available at this time.  Please check back in January 2021.

If you have any questions email lacey.duncan@co.benton.or.us or call 541-766-0137.

The following curriculum will be covered during the SAR Course and other topics may be added.

  • Benton County SAR Plan
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Canine Resources
  • Clothing & Equipment
  • Communications
  • CPR & 1st Aid
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Critical Incident Stress
  • Distress Alert Beacons
  • Emergency Responder Preparedness
  • Environmental Injuries
  • Equine Resources
  • Fire and Shelter Building
  • Gear Fest
  • HAZMAT Awareness
  • Helicopter and Fixed Wing Operations
  • Introduction to SAR and ICS
  • Lost Subject Behavior
  • Oregon Revised Statue 404
  • Rescue
  • Search Leadership
  • Search Techniques & Strategies
  • Tracking
  • Water
  • Wilderness Navigation
  • START Triage
  • Visual Searching Strategies