Search & Rescue

February 11th, 2013


Fernando and his associates offer the following courses through the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. These courses are offered to law enforcement and SAR teams only!
 
For a class summary see: SAR Classes Flyer.
 
Click Here to print the course sign up sheet. For more information or to schedule a training, please send email to
Fernando [Email address: fernando #AT# ProfessionalTrackers.com - replace #AT# with @ ]
or call (775) 338-0882.

Annual Trackers Camp $125

PPal




Tracking Class: Track Aware – 8 hours

Introduction to Mantracking, Search & Rescue Tracking (SART), Crime Scene Tracking (CST), Tactical Training (TT) and advanced Tracking methods and techniques.

This course was designed for SAR members and law enforcement personnel that have little or no tracking experience. The course consists of 2 hours classroom and 2 hours field demonstration. It is an overview in awareness of what trackers can do and how well intentioned personnel can inadvertently destroy, damage and completely erase valuable clues and evidence at the scene. Special emphasis is placed on approach to crime scenes and preservation of track evidence.

Class size is limited to 30 persons.

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Tracking Class: SAR Tracker – 20 hours

(POST) Certified training to prepare SAR members for urban, rural and night tracking under “ideal” conditions.

Prerequisite: Track Aware

This course is for the SAR or law enforcement person that has the desire to become a Nevada P.O.S.T certified tracker for the purpose of Search & Rescue. It is an intensive course with 4 hours of classroom and 6 hours in the field. Based on Jack Kearney’s “Tracking: A Blueprint for Learning How” and developed with his consent, this course teaches all the basics. Successful trainees are certified through the State of Nevada and by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

Class size is limited to 6 students per instructor.

Weekday courses also available at additional cost. Travel and lodging accommodations must be coordinated for the instructors by the host agency.

Course content includes:

  • General awareness – use of all senses
  • Tracking glossary
  • Types of sign
  • The tracking team
  • The tracking stick
  • Guidelines for recording tracking hours in a log book
  • Measuring and documenting the track
  • Tracking on various terrains and ground covers
  • Pressure releases
  • Backtracking for clues
  • Day tracking
  • Night tracking

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Tracking Class: Advanced SAR Tracker – 40 hours, all field work

Advanced tracking for SAR members in various environments, conditions and terrains.

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Tracking Class: Sign Cutting – 20 hours, all field work

An introduction to methods of cutting for sign.

Course content includes:

  • Team tactics used for sign cutting
  • Management of sign cutting resources
  • Sign cutting techniques for day tracking
  • Sign cutting techniques for night tracking

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Tracking Class: Basic Crime Scene & Evidence Preservation

Introduction to crime scene recognition and preservation.

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Tracking Class: Crime Scene Track Investigator (CSTI)– 20 hours: 4 hrs class room + 16 hrs field

Prerequisite: Track Aware and SAR Tracker

Training for SAR members who enter crime scenes to locate, identify, track and/or preserve crime scenes and evidence.

This course is for the highly motivated professional SAR or law enforcement person that has the desire to become a Nevada P.O.S.T. certified crime tracker for the purpose of assisting law enforcement in investigation of tracks and sign at crime scenes. It is an intensive course with 4 hours of classroom and 8 hours in crime scene scenarios based on real investigations. Successful trainees are certified through the State of Nevada Police Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) and by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

Class size limited to 3 students per instructor. Due to the nature of the material presented, all applicants must have a letter from their sponsoring law enforcement agency in order to participate.

Weekday courses also available at additional cost. Travel and lodging accommodations must be coordinated for the instructors by the host agency.

Course content includes:

  • Crime scene preservation
  • Backtracking for clues
  • Observing and obeying crime scene protocols
  • Proper techniques for approaching and entering a crime scene
  • Controlling and directing a tracking team at a crime scene
  • Completing a detailed report of actions and observations in the crime scene
  • Students must successfully complete a written test and practical field exercise evaluation
  • Students must maintain their CSTI certification by meeting the yearly training hour requirements and successfully completing an annual practical field exercise evaluation.

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Tracking Class: Advanced Crime Scene Tracking – 20 hours, all field work.

Advanced skills and techniques for preserving crime scenes.

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Tracking Class: Advanced Tactical Tracking

Advanced techniques in tactical training.

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Workshops

  • Tracking
    • Beginner
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  • Sign Cutting
    • Beginner
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  • Flanking
  • Team Leader
  • Crime Scene
    • Beginner
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  • Different Terrains
    • Sand/Desert
    • Mountain/Pine Needles
    • Alpine/Snow
    • Urban
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