SAR Volunteers in Virginia must complete standard training no matter which team a volunteer joins.

TSAR New Member Packet


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, 800, and 809. 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

Infection Control

Starting in 2016, all Search Team Members must complete a Blood Borne Pathogens Training. Training can be found HERE


All training completion certificates must be sent to tsar_aar [at]