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NC Land Search Field Team Member (NC-8100)

The Land Search Field Team Member (FTM) is the foundation for response to a lost or missing person incident including ground search for a missing aircraft.  This standard is the minimum recommended training for those responders not already governed by a training guideline for response to persons in distress.  Additionally, this standard does not purport to address all hazards, safety concerns, or skill requirements for a local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).  Upon completion of this course, the FTM should be able to: Understand the principles of search and rescue, navigate accurately on land, and survive an unexpected wilderness emergency.  The FTM should be capable of performing these functions anytime of the year, day or night, and in all weather conditions experienced in the State of North Carolina.

The NCEM Land Search Field Team Member (FTM) Standard provides State-level credentialing of first responders to a national standard and meets the requirements for knowledge, skills, and abilities set forth in ASTM F2209 and NIMS Wilderness Search Technician.

This course, comprised of both classroom and field-based instruction, will cover objectives such as:

  • SAR Operations
  • Legal Aspects of SAR
  • Personal Equipment
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Land Navigation
  • Search Skills
  • Incident Site Procedures
  • Basic Rescue Operations
  • Helicopter and Aircraft Operations
  • Field Communications
Category/Level Basic  
Date(s)  Fri. Mar 22, 2019 1800-2200 
Sat. Mar 23, 2019 0800-1700 
Sun. Mar 24, 2019 0800-1700 
Fri. Mar 29, 2019 1800-2200 
Sat. Mar 30, 2019 0800-2359 
Sun. Mar 31, 2019 0001-1100 
Location Chocowinity EMS - Beaufort County
512 NC 33 East, Chocowinity NC 27817 
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Handicap Accessibility No
WiFi Access  
ESF ESF9 - Search and Rescue
Functional Areas Emergency Services
Offered By Beaufort County Community College 
Primary Instructor Davis, Benny L. 
Course Length 60 hours 
Course Hours 60 
Cost to Student $125.00
Maximum Participants 30
# Open Seats 30
# on Wait List 0

Offering Specific Information

This course is a two weekend course. All Public Safety personnel including EM  shall be fee waived. All non-public safety personnel will be required to pay the course fees. Contact Johnny Williams at Beaufort County Community College if you have any questions. or 252-940-6363.

This course, designed by NC Emergency Management, will meet the minimum standards for personnel to be certified for searches.  It covers the information that each individual needs to be able to search for lost persons including search skills, tracking, land navigation, survival skills, ICS, resources and search management.  This course is 50 hours total and is taught on two consecutive weekends.  Satisfactory completion of the course will result in a certification by NC Emergency Management.  There is no cost to any student meeting the community college exemptions.  Students need to sign-up on NCOEMS/terms.   |   |  Emergency Management Program's HelpDesk: 919-825-2574   |  NCEM Email   |  Healthcare Program's HelpDesk: 919-855-3812   |  OEMS Email