Tri-County Ground Search and Rescue hold regular training sessions for its members on the different aspects of search and rescue operations.  These sessions are normally held on the first (1st) and third (3rd) Wednesday of each month (except the third (3rd) Wednesday in December), from 7:30 p.m. (19:30) to about 9:00 p.m. (21:00).

Additional weekend field training is offered once a month on either a Saturday or a Sunday, where skills are exercised and perfected.

Anyone wishing to learn more about search and rescue is invited to attend the regular Wednesday evening training sessions.  Come check us out and see if we are the kind of people you wish to hang out with.

Check the Events page for upcoming training events, or use the Contact Us form to request more details.


Since its inception in 1987, the Team has been very aggressive in developing training programs that match the actual field conditions we meet.  Our training program is designed within a continuous improvement model.

Based on the actual skills and knowledge required from real field operations, the Team's search managers define the training standard for each classification or level.  The training standard identifies the scope, operational performance level, prerequisites, and knowledge base items required for each qualification.  Training standards are then presented for ratification by the entire membership.

The basic training developed and delivered to the members is organized around distinct training qualifications:

  • Call-Out - may be called out for a search, but with limited duties.
  • Searcher (Field Team Member) - fully trained searcher capable of field assignments.
  • Team Captain (Field Team Leader) - fully qualified to supervise others.
  • Search Manager Qualified - competent to assist in the management of a search operation.

As a member, you will have the opportunity to participate in many different types of training, including:

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Map and Compass
  • Radio Communications
  • Clue Awareness
  • Search Techniques
  • Firearms Safety
  • Tracking
  • Leadership Skills
  • Woods Survival
  • Navigation and Map Making
  • and much, much more

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