As a member of a SAR team, you will be called upon to search in remote areas and to treat injuries and medical conditions that you encounter. Standard First Aid tends not to adequately prepare participants for offering assistance in a remote location. Adjustments need to be made, improvisation is often required, so wilderness based training is a much more relevant option. SAR team members also require the confidence and skills to care for themselves when actively engaged in field activities.
As a professional team member RMAM strongly recommends that you participate in a 40-hour Adventure Medic Wilderness First Aid program. This will provide you with the knowledge and skills that will enable you to make sound treatment decisions, manage environmental consideration sand allow you to identify potential situations where evacuation is required.
Alternatively, SAR teams can choose to complete the 24-hour Remote Responder Wilderness First Aid program. This is our entry level wilderness first aid course. This program presents participants with knowledge and skills for managing incidents in a remote environment. However, it does not offer the same amount of time and opportunity to develop and practice the skills and intervention techniques that may be required in the field.