To qualify for initial membership in KCSR, either as an Operational Member, or as an Administrative Member, an applicant must:
To maintain membership as an Operational Member, in addition to the qualifications set out above, a member must:
Washington State has a very robust SAR program administered from the Washington State Department of Emergency Management and supported by a SAR Volunteer Advisory Committee (WASARVAC)
As such, there are statewide Core Competencies that are required for someone to be an active, operational member in a SAR team.
These topics, along with others, are all covered during the Academy Training.
As of 2021, the required topics are:
Kittitas County SAR holds two academy sessions each year, the first starting in early March and the second starting in September.
Each Academy session runs approximately 8 weeks, meeting on every other weekend, usually on a Saturday.
Courses are initially presented in our online Learning Management System, Canvas. The week's upcoming topics should be completed before the in-person class starts.
All of the Core Competencies mentioned above are covered in each Session. Most contain both a classroom and practical demonstration component.
Upon completion of the classroom/practical exercise, the Academy students must participate in a mock mission lasting up to 48 hours during which they will have an opportunity to practice and demonstrate the skills they have learned in the previous 8 weeks. Students will construct their own shelter from the contents of the 24-48 hour pack and sleep in it overnight, continuing the mock mission the next day.
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