OSWEGO and ONONDAGA COUNTIES – Search and Rescue (SAR) teams from Oswego and Onondaga counties will hold an information meeting on Wednesday, December 1 for potential new members who wish to join a search team and volunteer rescue. The teams will offer a common training academy at the end of winter and spring 2022.
The briefing will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1 at the Clay Town Highway Garage, 4483 State Route 31, Clay. Members of the Oswego County Pioneer and Onondaga County Wilderness Search and Rescue Teams will be on hand to discuss the training program and discuss what it means to be a member of a search and rescue team.
Classes will take place on Wednesday evenings and one or two weekend days per month. The 75-hour program is an in-depth introduction to search and rescue techniques and meets the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) minimum requirements for search and rescue training.
“The training academy is open to anyone interested, regardless of where they live, and is offered at $ 150 per student to cover the cost of student textbooks and supplies,” said Aaron Albrecht, coordinator of Oswego County Pioneer SAR Team. “Applicants do not need to live in Oswego or Onondaga counties. Students must be in good health, be at least 18 years of age, and be able to pass a moderate physical fitness test.
The SAR Academy will cover topics such as map and compass, global positioning systems, grid searches, human tracking, wilderness survival, radio communications, search techniques, emergencies. cold weather, crime scene preservation, the national incident management system (NIMS) and a variety of other topics.
“Teams from Oswego and Onondaga counties frequently train together and support each other in seeking mutual aid for those lost in central New York and New York State,” said Jason Baleno, Wilderness SAR Team Coordinator.
Class size is limited to 20 students.
Students who complete the academy will be NYS DEC Basic Wildlands Searcher certified, Wildland First Aid certified, American Heart Association CPR certified, Project Lifesaver Electronic Search Specialist certified, and will have received all the training and skills necessary to certify as a a NYS DEC ASTM Level I researcher once they gain actual SAR experience. Students must attend all classes, complete all assignments, and pass all written and practical tests.
The Oswego County Pioneer Search and Rescue Team is a completely voluntary unit, founded in 1971 and funded by donations and grants from the community. The team is the primary search and rescue resource for Oswego County and works closely with the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, NYS DEC Rangers, NYS Police and other agencies. law enforcement officers.
The Onondaga County Wilderness Search and Rescue Team is also a fully voluntary unit and was founded in 1979. The team is funded by donations and community grants and is the primary resource for research and development. rescue for Onondaga County.
The two teams work closely with their respective Sheriff’s Departments, NYS DEC Rangers, NYS Police, other law enforcement agencies, and the Federation of NYS Search and Rescue Teams. .
Completed applications, including references and a check for $ 150, should be sent to the Oswego County Search and Rescue Team, PO Box 229, Parish, NY 13131-0229. Applications must be received no later than January 31, 2022.
All applicants will be contacted and interviewed prior to selection to the academy. As soon as the selection of classes is finalized, applicants will be contacted. People who are not accepted into the class will be refunded their money.