This course will present the most recent advances in lost person behavior, the latest research, new models of behavior, and several new behavioral modes. Developed by Robert Koester, an international leader in search and rescue research, the participants will go into details of actual search missions and the profiles for different groups. From abduction to lost workers, a total of 41 different subject categories now exist. Participants will learn how to separate fact from legend, use data that is applicable to their unique region, receive a rapid introduction to key points of each profile, and most importantly learn where to send teams. This 16 hour course is a must for search managers, law enforcement officers, and anyone who is involved in the planning and strategy of Search and Rescue resource deployment.
Purpose: This course prepares search and rescue volunteers and first responders for field activations.
Location: Hungry Mother State Park 2854 Park Blvd. Marion, VA 24354
Academic Support Technician
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Search and Rescue Training Specialist
Deputy Search and Rescue Coordinator