Washington State Emergency Management Division


Washington State SAR Coordinator Course

Monday, March 27, 2023 to Tuesday, March 28, 2023

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The registration period has closed for this event.


Primary Core Capabilities: Response

This 16-hour course provides deputies the knowledge, techniques, and concepts to effectively respond to, investigate, and manage reports of persons missing in outdoor settings. Topics covered include an overview of the WA State SAR Program and SAR resources, incident commander role and function, leadership, search management concepts, key initial actions, missing person behavior, developing and implementing action plans and objectives, managing information, understanding search techniques including Visual Calibration and Critical Separation, managing risk using SAR GAR, family interaction considerations, and application of probability theory, georeferencing and SAR TOPO.

Course Objectives

• Understand the role and responsibilities of SAR Coordinator/Incident Commander in Washington State.

• Appropriately respond to and manage missing person reports.

• Formulate and implement effective decisions.

• Understand the importance of, and contribute to, the achievement of objectives.

• Effectively manage SAR resources.

• Explore key tactical concepts and tools.

• Manage risk.

• Understand the application and limitations associated with probability theories.



Prerequisites: IS-100 & IS-200 can be found at the FEMA/EMI Independent Study Course Site



Target Audience

Primary registration priority is given to commissioned law enforcement SAR Coordinators for local, federal, and tribal agencies operating within the State of Washington. Secondary registration priority is given to Search and Rescue volunteers, land management employees, fire and emergency services personnel, and agency administrators involved in SAR incident management. Consideration will be given to out-of-state applicants as space allows.


Liberty Lake Police Department

23127 E Mission Ave
Liberty Lake, WA 99019

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Course Manager

Amy Allbritton

Search and Rescue Program Manager

Washington Emergency Management Division

Please let us know if reasonable accommodation is required for this course. We invite any person with a disability, access or functional need, as well as those who need to obtain course materials in an alternative format, to please indicate your need in the registration/RSVP process.
If you have any further concerns or questions, please contact the course manager listed on this page or reach out to our State Training Staff at and we will be happy to assist you.


Primary registration priority is given to commissioned law enforcement SAR Coordinators. Secondary registration priority is given to SAR volunteers involved in incident management.

The registration period has closed for this event.