PER213 – 24.00 Hours


Dates Location Class Price
Details 02/03/23 – 02/05/23 Lapeer, MI FP PER213 607 Register
Details 02/07/23 – 02/09/23 Jonesboro, AR FP PER213 610 Register
Details 02/17/23 – 02/19/23 Montague, TX FP PER213 604 Register
Details 02/21/23 – 02/23/23 Manasquan, NJ FP PER213 601 Register
Details 02/24/23 – 02/26/23 Manasquan, NJ FP PER213 602 Register
Details 02/24/23 – 02/26/23 Baton Rouge, LA FP PER213 605 Register
Details 03/03/23 – 03/05/23 Spokane, WA FP PER213 608 Register
Details 03/13/23 – 03/15/23 Joelton, TN FP PER213 612 Register
Details 03/20/23 – 03/22/23 Casper, WY FP PER213 613 Register
Details 03/29/23 – 03/31/23 Pago Pago, AS FP PER213 634 Register
Details 04/04/23 – 04/06/23 Vero Beach, FL FP PER213 615 Register
Details 04/11/23 – 04/13/23 Land O’ Lakes, FL FP PER213 628 Register
Details 04/14/23 – 04/16/23 Heber, CA FP PER213 620 Register
Details 04/21/23 – 04/23/23 Viroqua, WI FP PER213 595 Register
Details 04/25/23 – 04/27/23 New Town, ND FP PER213 616 Register
Details 05/05/23 – 05/07/23 San Antonio, TX FP PER213 621 Register
Details 05/09/23 – 05/11/23 Wildwood, FL FP PER213 622 Register
Details 05/16/23 – 05/18/23 Martinsville, VA FP PER213 623 Register
Details 06/02/23 – 06/04/23 Towanda, PA FP PER213 629 Register
Details 06/06/23 – 06/08/23 Kerrville, TX FP PER213 625 Register
Details 06/13/23 – 06/15/23 Murfreesboro, TN FP PER213 631 Register
Details 06/20/23 – 06/22/23 Highland Heights, KY FP PER213 596 Register
Details 06/27/23 – 06/29/23 Sulphur, LA FP PER213 632 Register
Details 08/11/23 – 08/13/23 Weatherford, TX FP PER213 633 Register
Details 08/15/23 – 08/17/23 Prattville, AL FP PER213 638 Register
Details 08/25/23 – 08/27/23 Ephrata, PA FP PER213 626 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 [email protected] 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.

Course Completion Requirements

Participants Must Provide

  • a photo identification on the first day of class. See the Participant Handbook for approved forms of identification and additional guidelines.

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)

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 [email protected] or call (866) 878-8900. GSA Schedule logo
  • For DHS/FEMA Funded Courses, please contact [email protected] or call (866) 878-8900

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