Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Search Team Leader Training memo

Dear MASAR unit reps: Please find below a link to an open web folder containing the flyer and schedule for our upcoming STL training course, to be held in and about Unity College (central Maine) on the weekend of October 19th to 21st, 2012.

https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B3ohko3Ai8GWT1NPSElldUgxVWs/edit

The MASAR Education committee is providing this training program to support general SAR leadership education within MASAR and member groups, and to support units in meeting the recently promulgated STL Standard.

The STL Standard is the proper level of training for people in charge of search parties in the field, and it is important that Units recognize this and begin to document that their leaders meet the standard. The standard is a practical standard requiring skills demonstration in each item, and so the training is hands-on and practical, more than 70% time in the field and hills. The Education Committee has labored hard to make sure that this opportunity for hands-on, field based training.

We expect that our best MASAR instructors, working together with the candidates themselves and their current knowledge, can improve the quality of search and rescue for just about any leader for any team in the state. We hope that each unit will name one or two candidates.

Units may name candidates, or individuals may name themselves, by email response to either Mick Womersley (organizer) or Jim Bridge (Chair Education Cttee).

Emails should contain brief details of the individual’s SAER “resume” and some statement of commitment to a team or MASAR in general. (We prefer not to expend limited resources to train folks who are not ready, or who may soon be moving away.) The Education Committee reserves the right to choose this years candidates from among the best deserving applicants, although all are encouraged to consider the course. (Please read the required qualifications before applying.)

mwomersley@unity.edu 

brydge@gwi.net

Best regards,
Mick Womersley
Education Committee Member,
Resource Officer
MASAR

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