The U.S. National Search and Rescue School – Inland

Gregory C. Rockwood, Lt Col, USAF USA



The Inland Search and Rescue (SAR) Planning Course is a 5-day course for experienced SAR decision makers and planners taught free of charge across the United States. It presents a broad understanding of inland search theory and its application for air and ground searches for missing persons and aircraft with a focus on wilderness and rural area searches. The course consists of classroom instruction and practical, tabletop exercises. Emphasis is on the planning necessary for effective area-type search planning during an extended search using Probability of Success (POS), rather than just a few elements of Probability of Containment (POC)/Probability of Area (POA), or Probability of Detection (POD), to predictively allocate limited resources to their best effect. An additional objective of the course is to strengthen the U.S. Federal Government’s role in its support to civil SAR through education, including promoting the capabilities of the Rescue Coordination Centers (RCCs), and requesting and coordinating the use of other federal resources with the goal of saving lives.

Keywords: Inland SAR School

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