SAR Volunteers in Virginia must complete standard training no matter which team a volunteer joins.
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together seamlessly and manage incidents involving all threats and hazards—regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity—in order to reduce loss of life, property and harm to the environment. The NIMS is the essential foundation to the National Preparedness System (NPS) and provides the template for the management of incidents and operations in support of all five National Planning Frameworks.
SAR Responders should complete NIMS 100, 200, 700, and 800. Training is done through FEMA and can be found HERE
More information on NIMS NPS & NIMS instructions (1)
National Park Service Basic SAR Training
Starting in the fall of 2013, all Search Team Members must complete the NPS Basic SAR Training modules and successfully pass the NPS Basic SAR Training quiz. Training can be found HERE (10/2020 update: This training module IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE)
All Search Personnel must complete VDEM S101 – Body Fluid Exposure Training.
Maintain all your training certificates. Once we have processed your application and dues and your application has been accepted, you will be instructed where to upload your certificates