Washington State Emergency Management Division

PER-213 Wide Area Search

Friday, December 6, 2019 to Sunday, December 8, 2019
The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description

The Wide Area Search course is designed to provide training for search responders to effectively conduct wide area searches due to natural disasters or man-made incidents.
Scope: This course introduces the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform wide area searches at a disaster incident site. The course uses the 2007 Greensburg, Kansas tornado as a case study to demonstrate the various teaching points. The course concludes with a culminating event table top exercise that requires participants to utilize all the skills introduced throughout the course.

Course Objectives
  • Plan for the response to an incident and evaluate capabilities and limitations of resources necessary to conduct a wide area search.
  • Collect, process, evaluate, and utilize intelligence required to formulate strategies for wide area searches.
  • Conduct operations to support an effective wide area search.
  • Plan and conduct operations to support a wide area search.






Target Audience

The participant audience includes any agency that may respond to a major emergency, disaster or event, including:

  • Fire Department Responders
  • Law Enforcement Officials
  • Medical Professionals
  • Emergency Management Agencies
  • Military Organizations
  • Hazardous Materials Responders
  • Immigration and Naturalization
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Border Patrol
  • Canine Handlers
  • Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Agents
  • Volunteer Responders with CERT, Red Cross, Disaster Relief, Animal Rescue, etc.
  • Other organizations with search responsibilities

Continuing Education
CEU: Hours - 2.4


Snohomish County Volunteer & Rescue (Taylor's Landing)

5506 Old Machias Rd
Snohomish, WA 98290

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Course Manager

Peter Templin