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Date: May 21-23, 2021 and May 29-30 (both weekends required)

Class size is limited to 12 students. This class is shown "out of stock" since we do not accept online registrations for this event. There is no charge for this event (except NASAR fees), however participation is limited to RAT-SAR personnel and Alabama Association of Search and Rescue (AARS) members only. If you are not a member of either and feel you qualify for this class due to a search and rescue background, then contact us. Please email to get your name on the class roster.

Each class is two weekends and required participation on both weekends. DO NOT sign up if you cannot devote the full five days to this course.


The Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (FUNSAR) course is the second, intermediate level of NASAR courses. It provides knowledge concerning the general responsibilities, skills, abilities, and the equipment needed by persons who are assigned to field operations during a SAR mission.

The FUNSAR course also provides the student with practical exercises in addition to a practice search mission where the students are required to have the proper equipment and stay out in the field during daylight and nighttime operations. The course content includes topics in three major areas: survival, support, search, and rescue. This course is based around the rural and wilderness environments but the material is recommended as a basis for all SAR environments.

FUNSAR provides a common point in training for the new person to SAR and allows them to accumulate the required clothing and equipment needed for SAR operations in their community. The course also provides practical experience during simulated SAR operations and in many cases is an excellent refresher course for the more experienced SAR worker. This common starting point provides continuity during SAR operations and future training of all team members.

FUNSAR is the NASAR course designed to prepare the student to challenge the SARTECH II certification exam, according to knowledge objectives defined in the NASAR certification criteria for SARTECH II.

The recommended number of hours for the course is (47) forty-seven. The course is usually conducted over two weekends starting on Friday night but can be taught (5) five days straight.


  • Those interested in becoming involved or have just become involved with search and rescue operations.
  • SAR personnel who would like to maintain or refresh their knowledge of search and rescue.
  • Emergency response personnel who belong to organizations who provide resources and assistance during search and rescue missions.
  • Managers of emergency response organizations who want to understand the state of the art skills and knowledge needed by the SAR workers.
  • Community members and groups (scouts, hunters, hikers, etc.) that have an interest in safety and preventative SAR operations.


While not required, the Introduction to Search and Rescue/SARTECH III course is recommended as a prerequisite for FUNSAR. 

The written exam given at the conclusion of the FUNSAR class is the written SARTECH II exam. Provided the student passes the written SARTECH II exam at the conclusion of the FUNSAR class, AND takes the SARTECH II certification exam within a year, the student is not required to retake the written exam at the time of the SARTECH II certification exam. They only are required to take and pass the six (6) SARTECH II practical stations to earn their SARTECH II certification.


  • Review of SAR Management System
  • Fitness, Basic Survival, and Survival Body Management
  • Clothing and Personal Protection Systems for SAR
  • Emergency Survival Skills
  • Improvising Environmental Hazards and Survival First Aid SAR Ready Pack
  • Nomenclature of Personal Outdoor Equipment
  • SAR Travel Skills
  • Land Navigation and Orienteering
  • SAR Resources
  • Capabilities
  • Search Philosophy
  • Estimating POD
  • Search Tactics and Searcher Skills
  • Handling Evidence
  • Review of Clue Consciousness
  • SAR Crew Responsibilities
  • Tracking Skills
  • Rope and Rescue Equipment
  • Legal Aspects for Searchers


Lawrence County EMA - Moulton, Alabama


If you are a member of Randall’s Adventure & Training Search and Rescue, there is no charge for this class. If you are a member of the Alabama Association of Rescue Squads (AARS), there is no charge for the class except the class fees and certificate costs paid directly to NASAR. Please email Patrick to add your name to the class roster.

For more information contact Patrick Rollins: Ph: (256) 613-3834, email: Please read the FAQs before signing up.