Dates:    17 August 2019   (20 Seats Only)                

Times:    0800-1700      
Cost:        $55.00

The Search and Rescue Initial Actions course, (a.k.a. SARIA), is a one-day standalone course that is designed and perfect for any law enforcement, Fire Officer, EMS, EMA personnel, and professionally trained SAR team personnel that are first boots on the ground at a given call-out for a missing person; Urban or Wilderness.  It teaches the first arriving unit what the very first steps they should to take are.  Why, when, and how.  It teaches/enables them to hit the ground with knowledge and tools for how to start and sustain a SAR incident from the first couple of minutes to a couple of hours, …or until more trained personnel can assist or be given command.  It teaches how to use and set up a map, any map available, and the Lost Person Behavior book (text used for course) to prep a map, set up containment, and how to prioritize use of resources as they become available.  Also to know what resources to request/order…in the first few minutes of an event with the goal of preventing it from growing into a multi-operational period campaign event.  This is the course that we feel is a MUST HAVE for first responders.  Our Instructors have used this information ourselves with success.  We have many testimonies from EMA’s, Law Enforcement, and SAR teams across several states who have used this information with success and now urge other professionals to do the same.  Seasoned veteran SAR experts have agreed if they never step foot into a wilderness to search again but are able to teach this course to others, they WILL still save lives!  

Prerequisites: None

Required Texts: (All are available for purchase at registration or online.) 

1. Lost Person Behavior - Robert J. Koester 

2. NASAR Pocket Response Guide


3. ICS for SAR Operations - Robert J. Koester

4. SARIA NASAR pocket pamphlet

Upon successful completion of the course the participant will receive a SARIA certificate from the National Association for Search and Rescue.

Course policies

Registration Policy

Payment in full is required to reserve your spot in the course. Tuition is non-transferable and is payable by check, credit card, Paypal or cash. Tuition covers textbooks, syllabus, course equipment, and certification cards if any are given. SRTC is not obligated to allow any student to attend a course until SRTC paperwork has been received, reviewed and approved by SRTC. A full refund will be given if we need to cancel the course for any reason.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

 If a student cancels out of the course or withdrawals from a course:

-  If greater than or equal to 30 days prior to the starting date of the course, SRTC will 

   retain a $15.00 site cancelation fee.

-  Within 30 days of the course start date, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.

-  Participants that cancel or withdraw from a course are still responsible for cancelation fees even if payment has not been sent or processed. (Applies if you cancel within 30 days of a course.)

A full refund will be given if we need to cancel the course for any reason.

Late Payment Policy

Participants that register and choose pay via company check or personal check must submit payment in a timely manner. Payment is due no later than 10 days after your registrations is submitted. If payment is not post marked prior to this date a late fee will be assessed. Late fees will either be invoiced separately or added to any outstanding balance.
- Initial late fee is $25.00
- An additional fee of $15.00 per week and $2.00 per day will also be assessed if payment is delayed past 14 days from registration.

SRTC Student Agreement

(Including Assumption of Risks and Agreement of Release of Indemnity)

A course student agreement will be sent to you upon completion of registration. Please sign it, return it and read it carefully as it affects your legal rights. Bring the one signed document to the first day of the course. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must sign the document as well. Without a signed document, you cannot participate in the course. SRTC course participants, including minors, will have unsupervised free time throughout the course. Any activities during the free time are not part of the SRTC program and are at the sole risk of the participant.


There are many great restaurants in the State College area, both local and chain. There are also multiple grocery stores within walking distance of the Nittany Lion Inn.

Students are encouraged to plan to have lunch at the class location. Lunch will not be provided for this course.

Search & Rescue Initial Actions Course

Travel Arrangements

University Park Airport is the local airport. There are multiple rental car dealers at the airport, Enterprise, Hertz, Etc.


If flying or driving from outside the local area please plan to arrive Friday 8 March 2019.


Class will dismiss at 1700 on Saturday. We encourage those wishing to fly that flight arrangements be made to depart Sunday or Monday.

Location:  Penns Valley EMS

106 Ross Hill Rd, Spring Mills PA 16875

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A block of rooms has been reserved at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College.

200 W Park Ave, State College PA 16801

(814) 865-8500

Reservations are limited. Use reservation code CENTA19A to book under the block discount.


There are several other hotels in and near State College, PA. All within a 5-25 minute drive from the training site. Average cost per night is $100.00.