Join the Team
Interested in joining OSAR? We have quarterly Open Houses where you can meet team members, learn about our history, as well as find out about training and membership requirements.
Read on below for details about membership and training.
Membership and Dues
All prospective members must fill out an application, sign a waiver, submit to a background check and pay dues. Once accepted, the applicant becomes a Probationary Member and is able to attend training and educational events. Additionally, Probationary Members deploy in a limited capacity during a search.
To be accepted into OSAR you must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Possess a State or Federal ID
- Pass a criminal background check
- Be responsible for purchasing required gear
Meetings and Trainings
OSAR generally meets four days a month to conduct training. Each month is slightly different due to the specific training demands, but in general the schedule is as follows:
- Second Wednesday evening
- Third Thursday evening (also general meeting)
- Held the Saturday or Sunday after a classroom training
Did You Know?
Call Out Qualification Training Curriculum
The items below are a list of training requirements to achieve Callout Qualification. Additionally, higher level trainings are offered throughout the year, and are generally open to all members.
- Clue Awareness/Search Theory/Lost Person Behavior
- Basic Map and Compass
- Rope Basics, Knots, and Improvised Seat Harness
- Basic Scene Size-Up and non-technical litter transport
- Night Navigation/Radio Communications
- Evidence Handling/Crime Scene Awareness
- Clue Awareness/Search Theory
- Basic Land Navigation
- Anchor Clinic
- Overnight Scenario
- First Aid/CPR
- FEMA IS 200/700
- OSAR TECH III Written Test
- Pack Check
- Fitness Test
- Knot Test