PER213 – 24.00 Hours


Dates Location Class Price
Details 10/26/21 – 10/28/21 Lakewood, CO FP PER213 523 Register
Details 11/04/21 – 11/06/21 Hamilton, OH FP PER213 506 Register
Details 11/16/21 – 11/18/21 East Greenwich, RI FP PER213 526 Register
Details 11/16/21 – 11/18/21 Redding, CA FP PER213 524 Register
Details 11/30/21 – 12/02/21 Haltom City, TX FP PER213 528 Register
Details 11/30/21 – 12/02/21 Palestine, TX FP PER213 527 Register
Details 12/03/21 – 12/05/21 Laredo, TX FP PER213 521 Register
Details 12/03/21 – 12/05/21 Weatherford, TX FP PER213 529 Register
Details 01/21/22 – 01/23/22 Spartanburg, SC FP PER213 522 Register
Details 02/01/22 – 02/03/22 Rochester, MI FP PER213 542 Register
Details 02/08/22 – 02/10/22 Florence, AZ FP PER213 533 Register
Details 02/18/22 – 02/20/22 Arkadelphia, AR FP PER213 540 Register
Details 03/01/22 – 03/03/22 Yaphank, NY FP PER213 535 Register
Details 03/11/22 – 03/13/22 Stafford, VA FP PER213 541 Register
Details 03/22/22 – 03/24/22 Tampa, FL FP PER213 537 Register
Details 03/29/22 – 03/31/22 Adel, IA FP PER213 544 Register
Details 04/12/22 – 04/14/22 Decatur, AL FP PER213 538 Register
Details 04/29/22 – 05/01/22 Edmond, OK FP PER213 547 Register

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received confirmation of the class prior to the class start, please contact the division at (866) 878-8900 or to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

When disaster strikes, it can be a challenge to effectively mobilize, organize, and deploy resources needed to perform wide area searches. This course is an excellent training opportunity for any jurisdiction or agency that may face such an emergency. The course content applies to a vast number of critical situations, including natural disasters or terrorist incidents.

You will be instructed in practical search methods and skills so you can perform systematic searches over a large affected area. The training will include challenging exercises that mirror real life scenarios. The three-day long event will conclude with an in-depth exercise that requires participants to utilize the skills gained during the course by working through an incident from start to finish in a single operational period.

The trainers delivering the course are knowledgeable—they are 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 the same comprehensive strategies.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Attendance Requirements

To meet attendance requirements, participants must review each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam.


It is highly recommended participants complete:


  • Preparedness and Response
  • Search Management and Planning
  • Mapping
  • Search Strategies and Skills
  • Communication
  • Team Management
  • Hands-on Exercise

Suggested Audience

The participant audience includes any agency that may respond to a major emergency, disaster or event, including:

  • Fire Department Responders
  • Law Enforcement Officials
  • Medical Professionals
  • Emergency Management Agencies
  • Military Organizations
  • Hazardous Materials Responders
  • Immigration and Naturalization
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Border Patrol
  • Canine Handlers
  • Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Agents
  • Volunteer Responders with CERT, Red Cross, Disaster Relief, Animal Rescue, etc.
  • Other organizations with search responsibilities

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

Note: Live Online Instructor-Led (webinar) courses are not eligible for TCOLE credit.

  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
  • ACE

Other Information

The class is funded by the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) and is provided on-site for eligible jurisdictions throughout the United States.

Government Programs

  • GSA contract number: GS-07F-0357V. GSA customers, to register please contact or call (866) 878-8900. GSA Schedule logo
  • For DHS/FEMA Funded Courses, please contact or call (866) 878-8900

Thank you so very much. The [BEDC] course was both very informative and interesting. It was a pleasure getting to meet everyone there and hearing about their experiences along with their input.

— Miroslava Valdez, BEDC Participant, Manager, Weslaco Economic Development Corporation
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