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« on: May 15, 2018, 11:53:28 PM »

I was wondering what are the qualifications I need to have in order to become a SAR Officer? Would I need to go to encampment first in order to even qualify as an officer?
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2018, 12:07:50 AM »

Respiration & gravitational attraction in proper proportion, as well as a CC who
thinks you have the aptitude / interest.

In other words, there are no minimum quals, though there are some suggestions
and common sense experience. 

An encampment isn't required for any Senior member unit staff positions (they aren't related).

If you are a cadet, you can't be the unit SAR Officer.

CAPR 20-1 has some info on the expectations and duties.

"Search and Rescue (SAR) Officer

Assists the ES officer in managing and directing search and rescue activities. They shall:
Develop SAR agreements with state emergency management officials and other CAP units, if needed.
Know CAP SAR responsibilities in areas of operation.
Develop a unit SAR force that is capable of responding to request from the appropriate Rescue Coordination Centers or other
responsible agencies.
Ensure the SAR training program is adequate.
Develop operational procedures for rapid alerting and assembling of SAR task force personnel.
Coordinate wing SAR evaluations, training missions, and exercises.

The search and rescue officer should be familiar with CAP directives in the 60, 62, 66, 77 and 100 series; CAPP 213 and CAPP 2;
applicable FEMA publications; and SAR related federal, state and local MOUs."
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2018, 12:35:47 AM »

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