Wide Area Search

PER213 – 24.00 Hours


Details Buttons Dates Location Class Price Register Buttons
07/19/24 – 07/21/24 Houston, TX FP PER213 689 Register
08/02/24 – 08/04/24 Livingston, TX FP PER213 727 Register
08/09/24 – 08/11/24 Angola, IN FP PER213 708 Register
08/12/24 – 08/14/24 Cape Coral, FL FP PER213 698 Register
08/15/24 – 08/17/24 Fort Greely, AK FP PER213 736 Register
08/19/24 – 08/21/24 Fort Greely, AK FP PER213 737 Register
08/23/24 – 08/25/24 Cheyenne, WY FP PER213 734 Register
09/06/24 – 09/08/24 Enterprise, AL FP PER213 706 Register
09/10/24 – 09/12/24 Bella Vista, AR FP PER213 723 Register
09/18/24 – 09/20/24 Freehold, NJ FP PER213 724 Register
09/24/24 – 09/26/24 Media, PA FP PER213 739 Register
09/24/24 – 09/26/24 Oriskany, NY FP PER213 740 Register
10/07/24 – 10/09/24 Mesa, AZ FP PER213 712 Register
10/08/24 – 10/10/24 Benton, AR FP PER213 731 Register
10/11/24 – 10/13/24 New Milford, PA FP PER213 710 Register
10/11/24 – 10/13/24 Boulder, CO FP PER213 719 Register
10/29/24 – 10/31/24 Reno, NV FP PER213 713 Register
11/08/24 – 11/10/24 Lititz, PA FP PER213 714 Register
11/12/24 – 11/14/24 Las Vegas, NV FP PER213 728 Register
11/19/24 – 11/21/24 Baton Rouge, LA FP PER213 722 Register
12/03/24 – 12/05/24 Kansas City, MO FP PER213 715 Register
12/10/24 – 12/12/24 Oregonia, OH FP PER213 725 Register
12/10/24 – 12/12/24 Pittsford, VT FP PER213 735 Register
02/19/25 – 02/21/25 Harrisburg, PA FP PER213 730 Register
03/25/25 – 03/27/25 Winnemucca, NV FP PER213 738 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 search and rescue operations. The purpose of this course is to prepare participants to support a large search and rescue incident in a variety of roles ranging from searchers in the field, planning and support staff, and incident command. While built around the model of a large search and rescue event following a disaster, the course content applies to a vast number of critical situations including missing persons searches, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, and other scenarios.

This course exposes participants to a search management system focused on resource management and search documentation designed to conduct search operations efficiently and effectively. The instructor cadre will lead participants through facilitated discussions, table-top exercises, and hands-on activities in practical search skills and search management based on real world scenarios. The three-day long event concludes with a table-top exercise which requires participants to utilize the skills gained during the course to work through an incident from start to finish in a single operational period.

The instructor cadre are experienced search and rescue team members from the Federal Urban Search and Rescue System (FEMA US&R), State, municipal, and Volunteer teams. They bring a wealth of experience gained responding to some of nation’s largest and most challenging operations.


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

attendance is an essential part of the education process and participants in
TEEX courses are expected to attend all class sessions and field exercises.
This course requires participants to attend a minimum of 80% of the class hours
as a component of successful course completion. During the course, your
instructor will review any additional attendance requirements, for example, a
field exercise that cannot be missed.

It is highly recommended participants complete:

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Plan for the response to an incident and evaluate capabilities and limitations of resources necessary to conduct a Wide Area Search
  • Collect, process, evaluate, and utilize intelligence required to formulate search strategies for Wide Area Searches
  • Plan and conduct operations to support a Wide Area Search

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