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Niobrara County SAR hosts annual training

Posted: Thursday, Jun 5th, 2014

The 2013 participants of the annual Niobrara County Search and Rescue tracking course training. Courtesy Photo

Being lost or in need of rescue is a terrifying experience. The sooner qualified and trained individuals respond to a lost person emergency, the better the chances to locate that person are and the earlier that they locate the victim and expedite them to medical facilities, the better their chances are for survival.

According to the Joel Hardin Professional Tracking website the average person believes that they are aware of everything that they see. They only see or pay attention to 15 per cent of the information that the brain picks up. There are approximately 2000 clues in a mile, about every three feet, there is a clue of a persons passage. Yet only a very small number of searchers understand how to find or even look for those elusive clues. The professionally trained and certified trackers are dedicated to improving the way lost person searches are conducted.  They accomplish this by utilizing the most abundant amount of clues available to a searcher which are tracks or sign that are generated by the passage of a person. 

The Niobrara County Search and Rescue will be hosting their annual Tracking Course training with instruction by Joel Hardin on June 6, 7 and 8. The Joel Hardin Professional Tracking Service program consists of progressive training for trackers in search and rescue, law enforcement and military fields. There are no prerequisites for this training presentation. This tracking course is open to all persons with tracking interests regardless of previous experience or training and will focus on primary training for beginning or novice student interests. This will be a certification course for all eligible students. All tracking students will be provided training at an appropriate level for their development and upward progress.

This training will be a 24 hour course beginning Friday morning at 8:00 am, with registration and introductions and lecture including power point presentation to provide Novice and Basic tracker understanding of training methodology, techniques and procedures. The presentation supports field training by providing student understanding of training methods, manner and objectives. “Tracking” is a first response primary search resource used to verify witness statements, establish the “PLS”, direction of subject travel and following the physical evidence to the missing person. Field training will allow “student tracking team” experimentation and “hands-on” practice of fundamental tracking techniques. Novice students will progress from initial identifying a print, to “step-by-step” every track concept of following an identified sign line and practical tracking team response. .

This is a “skill development” training program for Apprentice and Journeyman Tracker students. Students at these levels have acquired Basic Tracker understanding and will be introduced to practical tracking techniques and applications necessary to become a viable resource for SAR missions. Students at all training levels will be individually challenged with additional advanced tracking concepts and techniques. Journeyman Tracker students will be provided advanced training objectives working with Novice and Apprentice students and separately in simulated actual SAR and law enforcement mission scenarios.

On June 14, the Lusk Search and Rescue will be hosting their golf tournament fundraiser at the Niobrara Country Club. This two person scramble event is limited to the first 40 teams to register and will start at 9:00 a.m.. Registration is $50 per person, excluding the cart, with lunch provided following the round. Golf Shop credit will be paid out to the first and second place teams as well as flag prize winners. To register contact Wittney Coon at (307)334-2438 or whitcoon.pga@gmail.com. Deadline for registration is June 11.

For information regarding any of these events, please contact Brian or Tracianne Zerbe at (307)334-3462 or by email at zerbtb@vistabeam.com.

For the complete article see the 06-04-2014 issue.

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