Search and Rescue Academy


2019 SAR Academy Course


The Benton County Search and Rescue Certification Course is offered once a year.  The 2019 academy will start on March 7th and end on May 5th. The registration fee is $100.00, which covers all the materials.  Classes are held Thursday nights 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday’s starting at 8:30 a.m. with various end times. Next years schedule will be similar to this years.  To view the class schedule click here.  The application deadline to sign up is February 22nd, 2019. Current SAR members are also welcome to attend class sessions to refresh on their skills.  If you have any questions, contact Lacey Duncan, at or 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