Rescue International's

Training Academy
SAR - Disaster Response - K9 - Communications - Water Rescue and Recovery
 Training Classes and Educational Materials 

Education from experience


Courses and Programs available:

Interoperability 101- Com Tec Training Program 1, 3 or 5 day class  Look at for details.
Online awareness level Com Tec 3 certification at cost $25.00

Scent 101 and Advance Scent Theory, a handler training in what scent is and how it effects the search (4, 8 or 16 hour class)

Managing Search Operations, by ERI (16 or 32 Hr Class)  Staff instructors
This class is the main stay in Search Management training. 

Managing Canine Search Operations, by ERI-RI (16 or 32 Hr Class)    Staff Instructors
This class is designed to give search managers and handlers of canine teams the basic skills to run a search that involves heavy use of canine resources.  Lots of lessons learned and hands-on map and role playing.

Managing Urban Disaster Search Operations, by ERI-RI (16 to 40 Hr Class)  Bruce Barton and Staff Instructors
This class is based on the ERI MSO training but has been formatted by RI's staff to address the special needs and procedures of Urban Search and Rescue Teams that deal with building collapse, weather emergencies and flooding.

Search Team Member Training for Emergency Services Personnel, by Rescue International, (Class)

Water Search with Dogs Manual and Video, By Rescue Int'l (Training Program) 

Water Search with Dogs Training Class, By Rescue Int'l    (Hands on Class)  Instructors  Bruce Barton and Staff


Water Emergency Team Technician Program (WET-TEC 2,1) 

WET-2 is a 3 day class that takes the basic water rescue candidate up to a intermediate technician level for standing and moving water rescues in urban and rural environments.  Covers the use of PPE, understanding water dynamics, REACH and THROW rescue devices, basic BOAT rescue operations, in water GO rescue, Low Head Dam Rescue, standing and moving water flood operations. This class provides about 50% of the time as hands on and in water training..  Pre Requisites: Department approval, Medical Statement, basic water and swimming ability must be able to swim in current in full PPE. This is not a remote area or major river with whitewater style class .  Pre-Reqs:  You must have completed basic Public Safety Water Rescue class and rope/line systems class like that offered by Rescue 3, LifeGuard systems,  PA Fish and Boat or other state sponsored or national training program.

This class is conducted at the ASCI re-circulating waterway in western Maryland, this guarantees that we always have a real world water flow that is adjusted to meet our needs for the classes training level and activity.  This class also features use of our in water Submerged Vehicle Rescue Simulator (SVRS) developed by RITA.  Cost $350 includes some meals.

Advanced Flood Operations Module (2-3 Days) is part of the WET TEC and WET ONE certification .  This module deals with flash and major waterway flooding operations in a urban or rural environment.  Use of rescue watercraft, management and team deployment, advanced in water training on our Submerged Vehicle Rescue Simulator (SVRS)  Classroom topics include water proof radio communications, basic air operations awareness, PWC use during flooding, HazMat/DeCon . This class is normally conducted at ASCI's re-circulating waterway in McHenry MD  but is available at other sites.  Pre-Reqs:  You must have completed basic Public Safety Water Rescue class and rope/line systems class like that offered by Rescue 3, LifeGuard systems,  PA Fish and Boat or other state sponsored or national training program. Attendees MUST have two years active experience with a PS water rescue team.  This is Class 2-4 swiftwater conditions.

RESCUE CRAFT Training Class.  This is a one day class that offers the participant the training need to safely use a RESCUE CRAFT inflatable rescue boat as required by the Manufacture  in standing to class 4 water and use in low head dam operations. Train the trainer is also available for larger departments with RESCUE CRAFT This class is taught by factory trained instructors on the Rescue Craft inflatable.

Low Head Dam Rescue Module   This 2 day class cover the latest techniques in rescuing a person from a LHD environment. This class focuses on low risk methods to extricate victims from the base of a LHD while limiting rescuers exposure.  This class will use RI's RSQ Platform  for self rescue and RSQ Craft inflatable rescue boast and will look at other new devices and new boats available for your agencies use.

On-site class are available contact us for details and cost.

Up-coming open attendance class dates:

Interop 101 Disaster Communications NE PA

WET-TEC Advance WR Flood operations TBD

Water Search with Dogs - Aug 2013 NE PA

PWC Rescue Training class summer 2013

Water Rescue Emergency Response PA FABC certificate July  Snydersville PA  (This is not an RI class) 

Check back for more dates on our classes and up coming SAR CAMPS and SAR DOG EXPO's

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