S231 – Search and Rescue Team Member (STM)

May 19, 2017May 21, 2017

This is the first weekend of the course. Students must complete both weekends.

This Entry-level field training designed to introduce the field responder to standardized practices for a search and rescue response. Course content includes an overview of the state system, legal concerns, SAR operations, search strategy & tactics, personal preparedness, wilderness survival, land navigation, and basic wilderness rescue. The STM course consists of approx. 60% classroom and 40% field instruction. Fieldwork is held regardless of current weather conditions unless extreme conditions present personal safety concerns.

Purpose: Successful completion prepares the student to function adequately as a Search Team Member under the direct supervision of a trained Search Team Leader.


Minimum age: 18

Affiliation with SAR response organization

It is recommended that you complete the following National Incident Management System (NIMS) training from Emergency Management Institute Independent Study Courses prior to class. IS-100, IS-700, IS-800, IS-800

Physical Ability and Conditioning: Search and Rescue is hard, physically demanding work. Prospective students to the field classes must be capable of ascending steep slopes (up to 60 degrees) over rough terrain, in the dark, while carrying a backpack that may weigh up to 40lbs. After several hours in the field under the previously described conditions, the student will then enter the rescue portion of the course. During the rescue, SAR personnel will assist in the carry-out of a patient as part of a rotating 6-person team. The litter with patient package may weigh up to 300lbs.

Target Audience: Field responders (Fire, Police, EMS, Volunteer)

Instructors: Copeland, Ritter, Fitzgerald, Brewer

Location: Frederick County Public Safety Training Center 1080 Coverstone Drive Winchester, VA

Course Managers:

 Candice Barnack

Academic Support Technician



Billy Chrimes

Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Search and Rescue Training Specialist
Deputy Search and Rescue Coordinator


Event Details

May 19, 2017May 21, 2017
3 days
6 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Sunday
Frederick County Public Safety Training Center 1080 Coverstone Drive Winchester, VA
Copeland, Ritter, Fitzgerald, Brewer
Course Manager:
Candice Barnack
(804) 897-9780