In order to ensure that new members have the knowledge and skills necessary to positively and safely contribute to search and rescue operations prospective members must complete King County ESAR'S Basic Training program. They must also provide documentation for several independently obtained certifications and complete core-competency training as prescribed by the Washington State Department of Emergency Management and the King County Sheriff's Office.
ESAR Basic Training is a comprehensive program designed to prepare new members for the challenges that they will face in the field. As a trainee, you will receive instruction and demonstrate proficiency in wilderness navigation, survival skills, search method theory, first aid, and evidence search procedures.
Basic Training begins in August and runs through April. It is purposefully scheduled during the winter months to give trainees experience working in the challenging conditions they could encounter on a mission. Training may involve snow, ice, wind, rain, and other unpleasant situations. Trainees are expected to understand how to prevent hypothermia, to be aware of the conditions around them, and to take care of themselves and their team.
Basic Training requires approximately 170 hours including four overnight-weekends, and several full-day and evening classroom sessions. All courses are pass/fail and some trainees may need to repeat one or more additional weekends to successfully complete the series.
Prior to submitting an application, trainees must independently obtain a First Aid/CPR/AED certification (for example AHA, ARC, or ASHII) that includes a classroom practical skills component and submit proof of certification with their application. This certification must be valid through April 1st, 2020.
For additional information about the training and courses, please download a copy of the Basic Training Orientation Packet.
Training Dates: The dates posted on this schedule are for August 2019 through April 2020.
Training Fee: $165.00 (Due at Course B)
The training fee is a one-time payment and covers all required training to become an ESAR member.
First Aid Certification:
You must independently obtain and submit your First Aid/CPR/AED certification, valid through April 1st, 2020, with your application. It must be obtained from an organization that provides verifiable credentials and the course must include a written exam and in-person skills assessment.
Options include, but are not limited to:
If obtaining a First Aid/CPR/AED certification will pose a financial hardship, please contact email@example.com.
Basic Training Application:
If you started training last year and are returning this year, please:
|Course A: Orientation|
|August 13th||7:00pm - 9:00pm||King County Search & Rescue Headquarters|
|August 15th||7:00pm - 9:00pm||Belleuve - TBD|
|August 20th||7:00pm - 9:00pm||Belleuve - TBD|
|August 21st||7:00pm - 9:00pm||Seattle - TBD|
|August 24th||9:00am - 11:00am||King County Search & Rescue Headquarters|
|August 24th||12:00pm - 2:00pm||King County Search & Rescue Headquarters|
|September 10th||7:00pm - 9:00pm||Sammamish YMCA|
|September 14th||9:00am - 11:00am||Sammamish YMCA|
|Course B: Map and Compass|
Prerequisite: Course A
Course Fee Due:
The training fee is $165.00 and is due when you sign in at Course B. PayPal is the preferred payment method, we can accept check or cash if needed, but we cannot make change.Do not make a course fee payment until you have successfully registered for Course B.
Be prepared to have your badge photo taken at the beginning of Course B. We use this photo throughout training so we can put names to faces. This photo will also be used on your DEM identification card after you graduate.
|September 7th||9:00am - 6:00pm||Eastside Fire and Rescue Headquarters|
|September 21st||9:00am - 6:00pm||Eastside Fire and Rescue Headquarters|
|October 12th||9:00am - 6:00pm||Eastside Fire and Rescue Headquarters|
|October 26th||9:00am - 6:00pm||Eastside Fire and Rescue Headquarters|
|Course C: Search Theory and Field Practice|
|Prerequisite: Course B|
|October 19-20||Sat 6:30am to Sun 4:00pm||Camp Edward|
|November 2-3||Sat 6:30am to Sun 4:00pm||Camp Edward|
|November 23-24||Sat 6:30am to Sun 4:00pm||Camp Edward|
|December 7-8||Sat 6:30am to Sun 4:00pm||Camp Edward|
|Introduction to Searcher First Aid|
|Prerequisite: Course B|
|November 16th||8:00am - 5:00pm||TBD|
|December 15th||8:00am - 5:00pm||TBD|
|January 12th||8:00am - 5:00pm||TBD|
|February 8th||8:00am - 5:00pm||TBD|
|Course I: Navigation Practice|
|Prerequisite: Course C|
|November 23-24||Sat 6:20am to Sun 3:00pm||Camp Edward|
|December 7-8||Sat 6:20am to Sun 3:00pm||Camp Edward|
|January 4-5||Sat 6:20am to Sun 3:00pm||Camp Edward|
|January 18-19||Sat 6:20am to Sun 3:00pm||Camp Edward|
|Course II: Navigation Evaluation|
|Prerequisite: Course I|
|January 4-5||Sat 7:00am to Sun 3:00pm||Camp Edward|
|January 18-19||Sat 7:00am to Sun 3:00pm||Camp Edward|
|February 1-2||Sat 7:00am to Sun 3:00pm||Camp Edward|
|February 15-16||Sat 7:00am to Sun 3:00pm||Camp Edward|
|Searcher First Aid|
|Prerequisite: Course II & Introduction to Searcher First Aid|
|February 9th||9:00am - 6:00pm||TBD|
|February 22nd||9:00am - 6:00pm||TBD|
|February 23rd||9:00am - 6:00pm||TBD|
|March 7th||9:00am - 6:00pm||TBD|
|Course III: Mock Search|
|Prerequisite: Searcher First Aid|
|February 29-March 1||Sat 7:00am to Sun 3:00pm||TBD|
|March 14-15||Sat 7:00am to Sun 3:00pm||TBD|
|March 28-29||Sat 7:00am to Sun 3:00pm||TBD|
|Dates and Locations TBD|
|April 5th||2:00 - 5:00pm (Doors open at 1pm)||
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