ARE125 – 40.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Emergency Services Training Institute at (866) 878-8900 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

This area school is designed for individuals who may respond to an incident involving a lost person or persons in a wilderness or wilderness/urban interface environment, or those who desire training/certification in this field. This course follows the SFFMA curriculum and objectives for Wilderness Rescuer (NFPA 1006, ed. 2013). While not a prerequisite for attending this course, individuals wishing SFFMA certification will be required to show proof of rescue apprentice training before certification will be issued.

Must attend all sessions for credit.


SFFMA Rescue Apprentice (NFPA 1006, current ed.) is required prior to submission of coursework for certification. Participants are required to present a copy of certificate for prerequisite class to the instructor on the first day of class. Participants that do not show proof of prerequisite may not be allowed to remain in the class.

Course Completion Requirements

Course Attire 

  • Long pants, closed toed shoes, eye protection, and helmet with suspension and chin strap (wildland, fire helmet, rescue type helmet, or hard hat with chin strap) will be required for hands on activity. 
  • Participants will be required to build and use a basic 24-hour SAR pack for field activities. Information and instructions will be given to each participant prior to hands on activity day.

Participant 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

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.


Although not required, it is recommended that each student have completed a rescue apprentice class prior to attending this course.


  • Course cover objectives for and meets requirements for certification for Wilderness Rescue Technician Level 1 and Wilderness Rescue Technician Level 2.

Suggested Audience

Any responders assigned to or seeking training in wilderness search and rescue duties or techniques, as well as any individual assigned to or seeking training in management of wilderness search and rescue incidents.

Other Information

The area school class offerings differ from year to year. Please refer to the flyer posted on for scheduled dates and class offerings. (Note: This area school may yet to be scheduled therefore a flyer may not yet be posted.)

Contact Information

Emergency Services Training Institute
Phone: (979) 845-7641 | Toll-Free: (866) 878-8900
Email: [email protected]

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