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Clue Awareness for Search and Rescue (CASAR) (NC-8121)

Primary Learning Objective: The objective of this course is to enhance the capabilities of field Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel by increasing their individual abilities to perceive and process clues during SAR responses.

Course Description:

  1. This course is designed to increase the capabilities of individual SAR personnel through recognition of human physiological limitations and through the development of mechanisms  to overcome  those limitations.
  2. Students will be introduced to the capabilities and limitations of the five senses and the  human brain and their relationship with clue recognition during SAR operations. Students    will then be introduced to several methods to overcome human physiological limitations to maximize their abilities to identify clues in the field during SAR operations . Participants will also be introduced to a variety  of hazards to safety found in the field and their  relationship   to clue awareness. Students will then experience several field evolutions which reinforce the earlier classroom lessons.                                                                                                                                                   ,)
  3. Successful completion of this course will increase the success of individual searchers in identifying clues and lead to a more efficient and successful SAR response overall.

Simple Outline:

  1. Unit 1: Introduction to Clue Awareness and Search Management
  2. Unit 2: Clue Awareness and Searcher Safety
  3. Unit 3: Internal Factors in Clue Detection: The Senses
  4. Unit 4: Internal Factors in Clue Detection: The Brain
  5. Unit 5: How To Overcome Your Human  Limitations
  6. Unit 6: Field Evolutions

Prerequisites: None

Equipment Required: Students should be prepared to spend the entire afternoon in the field. Clothing appropriate for the environment is required. Also, students will be responsible for carrying their own water etc. in the field. SAR personnel are encouraged to bring their field gear for the outdoor evolutions.

Books or Supplies Required:  None

Date(s)  Sat. Dec 03, 2022 0800-1700 
Location Carolina Beach State Park - New Hanover County
1010 State Park Rd, Carolina Beach NC 28428 
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Building/Room CBSP 100 
Handicap Accessibility Yes
WiFi Access  
ESF ESF9 - Search and Rescue
Functional Areas Emergency Services
Offered By Cape Fear Community College 
Primary Instructor Brief, Samuel D. 
Course Length  
Course Hours
Cost to Student $70.00
Award Credentials
Equivalent Prerequisites
Maximum Participants 25
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