The McLean County EMA Search and Rescue Division is hosting a 16-hour Ground Search and Rescue course on July 19-20. This is an excellent opportunity to become involved in the field of search and rescue and to serve your local community. Sign-up here!
Search and Rescue is a growing public safety service in the State of Illinois. When individuals are missing or lost, time is of the essence to locate them safely and provide critical care they may need. McLean County EMA is the government agency responsible for formal Search and Rescue services within McLean County. Working alongside Law Enforcement, Fire Services, and Emergency Medical Services, McLean County EMA's Ground Search and Rescue Team deploys highly trained field searchers, search managers, and technical search planners to locate and rescue missing or lost persons.
This 16-hour course leads to the foundational certification for all ground searchers in the State of Illinois under the Illinois Search and Rescue Council (ISARC) curriculum. Over the two days, course participants will learn critical search and rescue theories and skills including:
- Basic land navigation concepts
- Search types and tactics such as initial, efficiency, and thorough search techniques
- Average Maximum Detection Range (AMDR) calculation for efficiency searches
- Subject profiles and behaviors
- Searcher safety and procedures
- Equipment capabilities and appropriate uses
Combining both a classroom element and a physically demanding field-level training component over the course of two days, course participants will be certified upon successful completion to serve as a ground searcher with the McLean County EMA Ground Search and Rescue team. While the team primarily serves McLean County, the Agency often responds through mutual aid to search missions throughout the entire State of Illinois.
The course will run: July 19 from 8:30 am until 9:00 pm AND July 20 from 8:30 am until 1:00 pm and will be held in McLean County. All course attendees MUST register online by clicking here. Registration is free for all attendees. Additional course details including location, equipment needs, and other logistics will be provided to registrants closer to the date of the course. For more information on the McLean County EMA Ground Search and Rescue Team, click here. If you have questions about the course or the team, please contact Sergeant Jon Orns or Corporal Matt Jones.