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Desc2015 NESAR Pilots receive FAA COA/authorization for UAS/Drone night flights under 200 feet for SAR mission.
Fund raising continues to purchase FLIR thermal cameras for night missions.

Aug 2016 12 people pass Rescue International UAS/UAV operator training class

April 28 2015 Congratulations to all that passed the NASAR SAR Tech 2 evaluations at French Creek State Park Chester county, NESAR Chief Barton and Training Office Dan Henry helped with evaluations.

Thanks to a donation of radio firmware by Harris Radio we now have 10 mobile radios acquired from surplus source, on the states 800 radio system, for our officers and operational K9 handlers.

Dec 2014 NESAR had its Honda Forman ATV stolen from a storage barn, Donations are being accepted to replace it with a good used unit.  Click the Donations link and state ATV on the notes section.

NESAR adds thermal camera to it's resource tool box thanks to PEMA PATF2 grant.

A special thanks to PEMA for all the support during 2014

We finished off 2014 with a total of 49 SAR and special event missions Five Lives Saved and many missing returned to there loved ones.  Great Job to all members and the other teams and agencies involved.

As of Dec  1st NESAR has had 47 requests for SAR missions.  Our busiest year since the early 90's

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NOV 9 2014 22 NASAR SAR TECH 2's complet their training and exam in Stroudsburg, PA

Nov 2014 PEMA to sponsor NASAR training in 2015 for states SAR teams in conjunction with PA SAR Council, DCNR, DOH.

NESAR and SAR teams from across PA along with local FD, find missing woman in White Haven area, alive after two days.

Sept 2014 NESAR attendees PA EMA conference, Equipment display and First training loading K9s on to HART helicopter

July 2014 NESAR receives loaner Phantom 2+ Quad copter to restart our aviation units Drone SAR program.

July 24 NESAR along with local agencies locate 84 year old Alzheimer's walkaway alive half mile from home in Wyoming county.  great job to all.


NASAR FUNSAR/SARTEC-2PA Training Class and Evaluation

 13 NESAR member pass SAR TECH 2 CLASS Fall 2015

NESAR in conjunction with PEMA's PATF2 is sponsoring a NASAR Fundamentals of SAR class and SAR TECH2 Evaluation in NE PA at the Monroe County Fire School on Gypsum Rd in Stroudsburg PA.

The class is two weekends starting Friday Nights 6PM to 10PM and Saturday and Sunday 8-5 each day on the two weekends (both weekends are required).  This will be a expected PEMA requirement, both class and evaluation  for a SAR TECH 2PA certification for PA TF2 wilderness and K9 teams.

COST:   $20 Class expense charge  Books, Certificate and arm patch costs are provided by PEMA for in-state attendees 

Out of state attendees must have a current copy of the NASAR FunSAR book.

From the NASAR web site:

Fundamentals of Search and Rescue - Intermediate level course for search and rescue field personnel

The Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (FUNSAR) course is the second, intermediate level of NASAR courses. It provides knowledge concerning the general responsibilities, skills, abilities, and the equipment needed by persons who are assigned to field operations during a SAR mission.
The FUNSAR course also provides the student with practical exercises in addition toa practice search mission where the students are required to have the proper equipment and stay out in the field during daylight and nighttime operations. The course content includes topics in three major areas: survival and support, search and rescue. This course is based around the rural and wilderness environments but the material is recommended as a basis for all SAR environments.
FUNSAR provides a common point in training for the new person to SAR and allows them to accumulate the required clothing and equipment needed for SAR operations in their community. The course also provides practical experience during simulated SAR operations and in many cases is an excellent refresher course for the more experienced SAR worker. This common starting point provides continuity during SAR operations and future training of all team members.
FUNSAR is the NASAR course designed to prepare the student for the SARTECH II certification exam, according the knowledge objectives defined in the NASAR certification criteria for SARTECH II.
The newest edition of the Fundamentals of Search and Rescue textbook was released in 2005.
The recommended number of hours for the course is (47) forty-seven. The course is usually conducted over two weekends starting on Friday night but can be taught (5) five days straight.
Quote: "The FUNSAR course I took not only gave me the basic skills and understanding of doing a proper, safe search, but also gave me the confidence to take care of myself and my team members during search operations. The FUNSAR course should be a minimum requirement for anyone wanting to be part of a SAR Team." David Moskowitz, Director Arkansas Department of Health - Division of EMS & Trauma Systems

Who Should Attend

  • Those interested in becoming involved or have just become involved with search and rescue operations.
  • SAR personnel who would like to maintain or refresh their knowledge of search and rescue.
  • Emergency response personnel who belong to organizations who provide resources and assistance during search and rescue missions.
  • Managers of emergency response organizations who want to understand the state of the art skills and knowledge needed by the SAR workers.
  • Community members and groups (scouts, hunters, hikers, etc.) that have an interest in safety and preventative SAR operations.



  • While not required, the Introduction to Search and Rescue/SARTECH III course is recommended as a prerequisite for FUNSAR
  • Although highly recommended, the FUNSAR course is not required to challenge the SARTECH II certification exam
  • The written exam given at the conclusion of the FUNSAR class is the written SARTECH II exam. Provided the student passes the written SARTECH II exam at the conclusion of the FUNSAR class, AND takes the SARTECH II certification exam within a year, the student is not required to retake the written exam at the time of the SARTECH II certification exam. They only are required to take and pass the six (6) SARTECH II practical stations to earn their SARTECH II certification.


  • Review of SAR Management System
  • Fitness, Basic Survival and Survival Body Management
  • Clothing and Personal Protection Systems for SAR
  • Emergency Survival Skills
  • Improvising Environmental Hazards and Survival First Aid SAR Ready Pack
  • Nomenclature of Personal Outdoor Equipment
  • SAR Travel Skills
  • Land Navigation and Orienteering
  • SAR Resources
  • Capabilities
  • Search Philosophy
  • Estimating POD
  • Search Tactics and Searcher Skills
  • Handling Evidence
  • Review of Clue Consciousness
  • SAR Crew Responsibilities
  • Tracking Skills
  • Rope and Rescue Equipment
  • Legal Aspects for Searchers

After Completion

Upon successful completion of the FUNSAR course, the student should be able to:
  • Define the components of SAR operations
  • List the major responsibilities for search and rescue
  • Describe the components of ICS and their functions
  • List and prioritize the necessities of life
  • Explain the survival situation plan (STOP) Stay, Think, Observe, Plan
  • List the similarities or differences and advantages or disadvantages of the different natural and synthetic materials used for SAR clothing
  • Describe and demonstrate the function of each of the layers of clothing
  • Differentiate between a 24-hour ready pack and urban ready pack
  • Demonstrate the use of a 24-hour ready pack
  • Describe advantages and disadvantages of the equipment used for SAR
  • Demonstrate the use of personal SAR equipment
  • Demonstrate traveling skills used for his/her environment
  • Define, describe, and identify the signs and symptoms, and describe the treatment of common medical emergencies during SAR operations
  • List and differentiate between at least three types of maps used in SAR
  • Identify, define, and demonstrate the use of the topographical maps
  • Define the plotting methods or grid systems and demonstrate the ability to use them to determine the coordinates for a given point
  • Describe the parts of the compass and demonstrate the ability to use it
  • Describe the navigational functions used in map and compass
  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate during daylight and nighttime hours
  • Differentiate between the two basic categories of search tactics (Passive and Active)
  • Describe the primary types of active search tactics
  • Describe the techniques and methods used for search tactics
  • List and demonstrate at least five of the searching or tactical skills needed by field searchers
  • Explain why SAR personnel search for clues not subjects
  • List the information needed by the searcher when alerted
  • Define and demonstrate the functions of the search crew positions
  • Define track or print, sign, and step-by-step tracking as well as demonstrate the step-by-step tracking procedures
  • List at least two materials used in rope and at least two types of design used in rope;as well as list at least five of the rules of rope etiquette
  • List the different advantages and disadvantages of materials used in carabineers
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of at least two types of stretchers or litters
  • List at least five common radio procedures and guidelines
  • Describe the basic legal philosophy concerning searcher knowledge, training, physical abilities, equipment, discipline, and control


SARTECH II Examination

The SARTECH II level of certification is the intermediate level for SAR personnel. This level is recommended for any person who functions on SAR missions as field searchers. Persons who obtain this certification are to function within the limits of the certification described on our website at this link addition to the information provided on the website, the NASAR course that prepares one for the SARTECH II is Fundamentals of Search and Rescue. The newest edition of the Fundamentals of Search and Rescue textbook was released in 2005.
The SARTECH II examination consists of written exam and a practical exam. The written exam includes one hundred and forty-five (145) questions covering the candidate's knowledge of search and rescue. A passing grade is 70% (102 correct answers) or above. Successfully passing the SARTECH II written test assures the candidate to be certified at the SARTECH III level whether the practical exam is passed or not.
Upon passing the written exam, the candidate is then required to successfully complete a six station practical exam. Should the candidate not successfully complete all of the practical exam stations, only the stations that are failed need be repeated if this is done within one year of the original testing date. Up to two failed stations may be repeated on the day of the original exam. If necessary, the re-testing may be completed at any subsequent SARTECH II evaluation. If the retesting is done within the one year of the original testing date, no additional payment to NASAR is required. However, a host organization may charge a reasonable fee to cover the costs of hosting the repeat examination.  If an additional retest is needed, the NASAR fee is collected.  (One NASAR fee covers the original exam and retest, if needed.)
The written exam includes questions from the following topics:
  • NIMS Incident Command System
  • Basic Survival
  • SAR Clothing
  • Improvising
  • Environmental Hazards and First Aid
  • SAR Ready Pack
  • Personal Equipment
  • Travel Skills
  • Land Navigation & Orienteering
  • SAR Resources
  • Search Philosophy
  • Search Tactics
  • Handling Evidence
  • Clue Consciousness
  • Search Operations
  • Tracking
  • Ropes & Rescue Equipment
  • Legal Aspects for the Searcher
The candidate's performance of SAR skills is evaluated at six practical exam stations involving:
  • Station #1: Land Navigation: Use of topographic maps and compass. Candidates complete a course over terrain commonly encountered in the operations area in a specified time frame, not to exceed 600 meters.
  • Station #2: Tracking: Candidates identify and mark a footprint track left by the evaluator and follow the track to its end.
  • Station #3: 24-hour Pack: Candidates demonstrate the ability to possess and pack the required SAR equipment and supplies efficiently.
  • Station #4: Rope Skills: Candidates demonstrate the ability to tie four basic knots and a harness with supplied rope and webbing.
  • Station #5: Route Search: This station entails locating and labeling clues in a given area demonstrating the ability to detect 50% of the clues using a route search tactic.
  • Station #6: Area Search: This station entails locating and labeling clues in a given area demonstrating the ability to detect 50% of the clues using an area search tactic.
Certification Levels SARTECH III through SARTECH I/CREWLEADER are a series of written and practical examinations that test the levels of knowledge and practical skills of SAR personnel. These examinations are based on the NASAR Certification Criteria for SARTECH. The SARTECH Certification Criteria were formulated by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and recognized by many states and agencies. They have also been submitted for review to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and National Fire Protection Association for their consideration in their standards development.
The SARTECH program is an evaluation process not a learning process. Candidates demonstrate basic SAR competency through written tests and practical skill demonstrations of search and rescue skills. Upon successful completion of the requirements, a certificate will be issued to the person by NASAR. This certificate does not constitute a license to practice the skills taught in a training program or to practice the knowledge and performance skills that have been evaluated. The certificate does signify that the person holding the certificate has met the requirements of established certification criteria and/or performance skill on the date indicated on the certificate.
NASAR has developed three courses using the NASAR Certification Criteria for SARTECH. These courses are Introduction to Search and Rescue, Fundamentals of Search and Rescue and Advanced Search and Rescue. These courses are designed to teach the student the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the level of SARTECH certification that correspond to the course. Completion of these or any other NASAR sponsored courses are not required for the candidate to challenge any certification examination. The candidates training may come from any available source the candidate chooses. Candidates who successfully complete the evaluation process will receive a certificate and patch from NASAR signifying their certification level. NASAR does not require a particular re-certification time period but leaves the decision to the organizations and agencies that utilize the SARTECH personnel.
Please click on the word EDUCATION on the home page for a list of Frequently Asked Questions which include the SARTECH II Certification Criteria and the Ready Pack List.
**The textbook that prepares one for the SARTECH II is the Fundamentals of Search and Rescue. The newest edition of the Fundamentals of Search and Rescue textbook was released in 2005. Previous editions of the textbook will not be accepted for the class due to changes .

Who Should Attend

All Operational SAR personnel.  Any team members of TSAR Teams looking to meet PEMA PA TF 2 status.

Prerequisites  NO Classes set at this time

Candidates should be familiar with SARTECH II testing requirements. They must have a compass for the written exam and all required equipment for the practical exam and have completed and passed a FUNSAR training to meet the PATF2 requirements .  NO challenges to the evaluation are allowed.

To register mail Bbarton(at) to hold a seat and,
Send $20 to:

PO Box 162
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

With your name, address, phone numbers, email,

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