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UMFK hosts Inland Search and Rescue Planning Course

July 15, 2005

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent is this week hosting a session of the Inland Search and Rescue (SAR) planning course taught by the National Search and Rescue school, based at the United States Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia.

The week-long course, which began Monday, July 18, will run through Friday, July 22. It is aimed at the on-scene decision makers who need to understand how search decisions are made in order to build confidence and support the incident commander.

Attendees are given an in-depth and comprehensive look at inland search theory and its applications, with a focus on wilderness, not urban, searches.

"There are several sessions offered throughout the year around the country," said Donald Eno, coordinator of academic outreach at UMFK. "Our course has attracted rescue planners and professionals from various local and state agencies."

The National SAR School is the world's premier source for search and rescue training.

The joint Coast Guard/Air Force staff provides training in oceanic, coastal, and inland search planning procedures to SAR professionals from all U.S. government agencies, volunteer SAR organizations, as well as members of the international SAR community,

Since the first class, over 30 years ago, more than 14,000 have joined the ranks of trained SAR professionals, including over 1,400 international students from 103 nations.

For more information about the course, contact Eno at (207) 834-7835.