Weather Alert:

Wide Area Search & Rescue Training

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) are hosting Wide Area Search & Rescue Training being held at UMass Amherst Police Department on June 6 through 8, 2017. The training is taught by Texas A&M Extension Services (TEEX).

Participants are instructed in practical search methods and skills so they can perform systematic searches over a large affected area. The training includes challenging exercises that mirror real life scenarios. The three-day long event concludes with an in-depth exercise that requires participants to utilize the skills gained during the course. The trainers delivering the course are knowledgeable, experienced emergency responders who have actively utilized wide area search techniques during some of the Nation’s largest and most challenging operations, such as Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, Gustav and Rita, the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery operation, and many other incidents that required these same comprehensive strategies.


·          Preparedness & Response ·         Search Strategies & Skills
·         Search Management & Planning ·         Communication
·         Mapping ·         Team Management


Registration prioritization will be given to members of Berkshire Mountain Search & Rescue, Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team, and mid to senior level commanders from Fire and Law Enforcement in western Massachusetts.

All registrants will be placed on a waitlist. Accepted participants will receive email confirmation. You must attend all three days to receive a certificate.

To express you interest in this training, please complete the following form:

Wide Area Search & Rescue Training