Speakers Bureau

CSRB is pleased to announce some training offerings suitable for 1 to 3 hour evening SAR team training sessions. These short classes have been developed by the authors for presentations to sheriffs, state SAR conferences, and local teams, and they are considered to have a certain amount of “universal appeal”, meaning that they may be useful to share with a wider audience.

We call these classes collectively “Speaker’s Bureau classes”, and we would like to encourage all SAR teams and individuals to share some of their favorite trainings with other teams using this media.

To request a class:

Classes

Wilderness SAR Responsibilities, SAR Management, and Resources/Capabilities

Instructor: Barry Mitchell - Douglas County SAR and CSRB State SAR Coordinator

Phone: 303-841-6510

E-mail:

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Summary:

This class provides a high level perspective of state and county wilderness SAR responsibilities, ground SAR management, and ground SAR resources used in Colorado, and has been given to Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs at their training academies and to Colorado Office of Emergency Management personnel over the past few years. Sheriff’s responsibilities for ground SAR are explained. The SAR responsibilities outlined in the memorandums of agreements between (1) Colorado and the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC), and (2) the Colorado Office of Emergency Management and the Colorado Search and Rescue Board are presented. Commonly accepted ground SAR management practices are summarized. If time permits, SAR resource types and generic qualifications for those resources are discussed. If the resource discussion is included, 2 hours should be allocated.


Search Strategy and Tactics for Field Personnel

Instructor: Barry Mitchell - Douglas County SAR and CSRB State SAR Coordinator

Phone: 303-841-6510

E-mail:

Duration: 1.5 hours

Summary:

This class is intended for individuals not generally familiar with basic lost person search strategy and tactics, or for individuals desiring a review of those fundamentals. The class provides an overview of the methods commonly accepted and used in Colorado by ground searchers for searching for lost persons from the field search team member’s perspective. It briefly summarizes overhead personnel responsibilities and then discusses several types of field search tactics (confinement, attraction, hasty search, canine search, tracking) in some detail. Strategies and the order of applying these resources are discussed. Some guidelines for skillful searching are presented. Field team briefing and debriefing expectations are discussed.


VHF and 800 MHz Search & Rescue Communications Fundamentals

Instructor: Barry Mitchell - Douglas County SAR and CSRB State SAR Coordinator

Phone: 303-841-6510

E-mail:

Duration: 1 hour

Summary:

The class is a beginner level introduction to the VHF conventional and 800 MHz digital trunked and conventional radio communications used in ground search and rescue. The advantages and disadvantages of each type of communications are reviewed. Propagation fundamentals are briefly discussed. The basics of simplex, conventional analog repeater, and trunked repeater operation are reviewed. Includes hands-on radio familiarization and use. Commonly used SAR frequencies and 800 MHz talk groups and their uses are discussed. Local channelization plans for VHF and 800 MHz SAR radios can be reviewed, and recommendations can be made, if desired. Hands-on familiarization with specific radios can be included, if needed.


Use of ATV’s in Ground Search and Rescue Operations

Instructor: Barry Mitchell - Douglas County SAR and CSRB State SAR Coordinator

Phone: 303-841-6510

E-mail:

Duration: 2.5 hours

Summary:

The class is an introduction to the use of All Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s) in ground search and rescue operations. Rider search skills and ATV driving skills, personal safety requirements, and unique ATV SAR equipment are reviewed. Effective search techniques using ATV’s are discussed.


An Overview of Locator Beacons and Beacon Tracking Methods

Contact any of the following instructors.

Barry Mitchell - Douglas County SAR and CSRB State SAR Coordinator
Phone: 303-841-6510
E-mail:

George Janson - Larimer County SAR and Civil Air Patrol
Phone: 970-482-2618
E-mail:

Duration:

2.5 hours without case histories
4 hours with case histories

Summary:

This class discusses the various types of locator beacons encountered in ground search and rescue (SAR): Emergency Locator Beacons (ELTs) used by aircraft, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB’s) used by boats, and three types of Personal Locator Beacons (PLB’s, Spot and TracMe). A brief history of ELTs is presented followed by detailed descriptions of the monitoring/tracking systems. Case histories are also presented. The Colorado Lifetrack system, used to locate elderly persons and at risk children, may also be discussed.


CSRB Speakers Bureau Document

CSRB Speakers Bureau Short Courses