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MARG Class Offerings

Using SARTopo in Search Operations

What is the class about?

SARTopo is a widely-used, collaborative online and offline mapping tool for use in Search and Rescue. Topics covered will from range from the ability to print maps for planning a training or at a mission, to assisting in base as a technician (example processing GPS tracks or recording clues), to using SARTopo for SAR planning and operations tasks, either on-scene or for remote support. Hands-on exercise will develop mapping data to support a mock search and rescue mission from inception into the second-operational period.

What do I need to bring?

Each student will need a laptop (not a tablet). If you don't have one you can bring, limited loaners are available. No special software requirements except a browser, Chrome is the preferred browser. A mouse is recommended.

Students should have some basic computer skills, including use of web browser, mouse or touchpad, File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac)

When are classes?

The SARTopo classes hosted by Mountaineer Area Rescue Group will be posted on our calendar and/or Facebook Page. We will also travel and teach classes hosted by other organizations, which may also be posted on our Facebook Page.   For information on hosting a class or for more information please contact Patty.Lindsay@gmail.com

How to register and pay class fee?

If you have received confirmation that you are registered for a current class, please pay the fees using the applicable button below.  

Upcoming Classes

August 14 SARTopo Class at Cheat Lake VFD, Morgantown, WV

Step 1:  Click here to register for class

Step 2: Receive confirmation that you are registered

Step 3:  Pay for the SARTopo Class

October 30, 31 SARTopo Classes at the Crooked Creek Outdoor Center in Ford City, PA

Step 1:  Click here to register for class

Step 2: Receive confirmation that you are registered

Step 3:  Pay for the SARTopo Class

Lost Person Behavior

What is the class about?

Understanding of lost person behavior is an important element for the planning of search and rescue missions. This course will present the most recent advances in lost person behavior with Robert Koester’s latest research, and new behavior categories crucial to solving the mystery of where to look for a lost person.

  • Study planning and operational considerations for managing search resources

  • Learn about dozens of missing person category specifics

  • Use actual search mission table-top exercises to apply learning points

Classroom sessions will incorporate table-top exercises with lecture topics. The exercises are designed to allow students to practice and develop efficient deployment strategies for search resources. Participants will go into details of actual search missions and the profiles of different subject groups, in addition to hands-on experience with creating reflex tasks and focused investigation questions. From abductions to lost workers, subjects with dementia, aircraft and more, a selection from a total of 41 different subject categories will be presented.

What do I need to bring?

Each student will need a copy of Koester’s Lost Person Behavior book (preferred) or the LPB app (alternative). The book can be purchased on Amazon ($25) or pre-ordered with the course fee. The app can be found on Apple and Android app stores (~$10).

When are classes?

The Lost Person Behavior classes hosted by Mountaineer Area Rescue Group will be posted on our calendar and/or Facebook Page. We will also travel and teach classes hosted by other organizations, which may also be posted on our Facebook Page.   For information on hosting a class or for more information please contact David Rice (certified instructor).

How to register and pay class fee?

If you have received confirmation that you are registered for a current class, please pay the fees using the applicable button below.  

Upcoming Classes

Lost Person Behavior 1-day class, Sunday, November 14, 2021 in Morgantown

Step 1:  Click here to register for for class

Step 2: Receive confirmation that you are registered

Step 3:  Pay for the Class and/or purchase Books