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Typical Academy Training Schedule

Sat early Feb    

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Applicant Interviews and Pre-Academy Training Demonstrations

Week 1 *

6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Fundamentals of SAR, Pack Lists, Gear
Week 2 6:30 PM-9:30 PM Navigation (GPS and Map/Compass)

Week 3

6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Incident Command System, Search Management, Search Techniques

Sat Field Training  

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Fitness Hike, Navigation, Team Leadership

Week 4

6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Radio Communications, Scene Safety

Week 5

6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Working with Patrol

Sat Field Training 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Technical Rescue, Medical

Week 6

6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Lost Person Behavior/K9

Sat Field Training

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional, 1st Aid, O2 Administration (optional with proof of certifications)

Week 7

6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Traffic Control Safety


FINAL Weekend  

8:00 AM-8:00 AM

Navigation, Search Strategy Exercise, Evidence Search, Pack Checks, Mock Search and Unexpected Night Out Training (UNO)


NOTE:

*Academy typically runs late February through April. Weekly night sessions are on Wednesdays in Redwood City.

Academy graduates are considered senior trainees and are field ready.  Senior Trainees are eligible to submit background applications upon successful completion of post-academy sign-offs. All academy sessions are mandatory.  Graduates will be monitored for participation level and continued education before becoming fully sworn members.