Our SAR teams (there is a general main all-encompassing one, and several 'specialty' teams) require a field certification which means if you can attend and pass all the tests, navigation ( map skills, compass skills, gps,) first aid, fire and emergency shelter building (here, ours require withstanding 8" of snow and must be liveable for 48 hours), knots and rope training, you can get field certified. You may not have only come to one or none of the classes at the academy. This is rare, but there are some ex-military guys who have done this. Dog teams have more tests and require more training-- at least half of every month's training.
In terms of call-outs, you must meet 10% in a month or in a year's average, about 50%. They are pretty flexible with people's work schedules etc and understanding. It's clear who's there to do it and who's only there to get the card and the credentials.
~Elrond's Rocket of Rivendell, aka The RocketDog
06/15/11 hiker and runner extraordinaire
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.