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2017 Prospective Candidate Orientation Meetings
If you’re interested in joining SARA you have two chances this year to learn more about the process. This year’s Prospective Candidate Orientation meetings dates are listed below, and each meeting will begin promptly at 19:00 at the Sabino SARA house located at 5990 N. Sabino Canyon Road, (click here for a Google map).
Attendance at one of these two orientation meetings is a MANDATORY first step in joining SARA; no RSVP is required.
Orientation Meeting 1 – Thursday June 22nd, 2017 from 19:00 to 21:00
Orientation Meeting 2 – Tuesday July 18th, 2017 from 19:00 to 21:00
In addition, there is a MANDATORY Applicant Hike on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 for all prospective candidates.
SARA membership is open to anyone interested in helping to enhance public outdoor safety in southern Arizona. New applicant recruitment is held once a year and applicant selection is completed in August. Newly selected candidates must complete medical/first aid training, as well as SARA basic search and rescue training in order to be field qualified. Candidate field training is conducted throughout the fall, followed by medical/first aid classes from February until May.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend the monthly SARA meeting held at 19:30 on the first Friday of each month at the SARA House at Sabino Canyon, (click here for a Google map).
For more information, please contact us by mail at Southern Arizona Rescue Association, PO Box 12892, Tucson, AZ 85732-2892 or email SARA at SARAJoin16@sarci2.org.
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The SRDI training program is very demanding for both dogs and handlers, requiring a commitment of large amounts of time and dedication. All dogs are required to have a current and valid shot record provided by a veterinary clinic. Desirable traits for search dogs include basic obedience, control, mild temper, good socialization, and a strong play drive.
At least one year is needed to reach the following goals:
1. Handler first aid/medical certification.
2. Training and certification in Basic Wilderness Tracking and Air Scenting.
3. Specialty training in areas such as cadaver, evidence, and water searching
4. Ongoing continuing education and proficiency training.
Those interested in joining SRDI are encouraged to attend the monthly SRDI meeting held the first Wednesday of each month at 18:00 at the SARA House at Sabino Canyon, (click here for a Google map).
You may also request more information about joining by emailing us at SRDI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pima County Search & Recovery Diver candidates must hold an advanced open water scuba certification. Surface support candidates must know how to swim and tread water.
If you are interested in joining the Pima County Search & Recovery Divers, please attend one of our monthly meetings. Please check the latest issue of the SARNews newsletter for meeting details.
For more information about joining Divers, you may also write to us at Pima County Search & Recovery Divers, PO Box 13961, Tucson, AZ 85732-3961 or email us at email@example.com.
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Those who are interested in joining the CAP/NCS should attend one of our meetings held each Sunday from 15:30 to 18:00 at Mountain View Fire Department #160 located at 1175 West Magee Road in Tucson, (click here for a Google map). You may also email us at CAP@sarci2.org or visit our web site.