Training Levels

There are five levels of training. Many members will continue training throughout their stay in the group. Others will attain a certain level and then limit their involvement to search missions. For all the rules & regulations, check out the ASRC Training Standards.

CQ: Call-out Qualified: This is the first level of training. It includes attending an introductory workshop that usually takes place over the course of a weekend. Training involves an overview of clue awareness, radio protocol, wilderness survival, and litter handling. Once the member has assembled their personal pack consisting of The Essentials he or she is qualified to be called out on a search mission and will be placed on the roster.

FTM: Field Team Member: This level of training is more extensive and continues over the course of a semester. Training sessions are held typically on Wednesday evenings (classroom) and Saturday mornings. Not everyone is able to make it to every training. Group members rely on each other to filtrate knowledge, working around personal schedules. Training includes land navigation, semi-technical rescue, search techniques, basic first aid and CPR certification, knot tying, bivouac, and field experience. Once certified, the member is qualified to go out on field tasks during a search mission. This is also the minimum training level required to be a voting member of BRMRG.

FTL: Field Team Leader: This training extends that learned in FTM training. Work includes leading a field team, land navigation, advanced vertical work, more knot tying, and landing zone coordination. A person at this level can lead a field team on tasks at a search.

IS: Incident Staff: Incident Staff is responsible for assigning field tasks, organizing strategies, and planning the logistics of the search. An incident staff member has considerable experience with search and rescue missions.

IC: Incident Commander: The Incident Commander oversees and takes on responsibility for the entire search.

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