Oswego County search and rescue academy to begin

Submitted by Oswego County

The Oswego County Pioneer Search and Rescue Team will begin its second Search and Rescue Academy beginning March 6.

Class size is limited to 24 individuals. Classes begin March 6 and end June 15.

The academy will be held primarily at the Oswego County Emergency Response and Training Center, 720 E. Seneca St., Oswego. Classes will be held on Thursday nights and one to two weekend days a month.

Individuals interested in attending  should obtain an application at the team’s website or contact Dan Arena at djarena@gmail.com.

Completed applications, along with a check for $100, should be mailed to the team at:  Oswego County Search and Rescue, PO Box 229, Parish, NY  13131-0229.

Applications must be received no later than Feb. 16, 2014.

“The curriculum will provide a thorough introduction to Search and Rescue and meets the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s minimum training requirements,” said Roger Fox, Oswego County SAR Coordinator.

The SAR Academy will cover topics such as map and compass, global positioning systems, man-tracking, wilderness survival, radio communications, search techniques, cold weather emergencies, crime scene preservation, the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), and a variety of other topics.

Individuals who complete the Academy will be certified  as state Deaprtment of Environmental Conservation Basic Wildlands Searcher, certified in Wilderness First Aid, American Heart Association CPR, certified as a Project Lifesaver Electronic Search Specialist.

The academy is open to all interested individuals — applicants do not need to reside in Oswego County.

Students should be in good health, at least 18 years of age, and capable of passing a moderate physical fitness test.  Graduates of the academy who are accepted onto a local SAR team may be eligible to have their course fee reimbursed.

More information can be found at the team’s web site www.oswegosar.org.

All applicants will be contacted and interviewed prior to selection to the Academy. As soon as the class selection is finalized, applicants will be contacted.  Individuals who are not accepted into the class will have their money refunded.

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