Episode 19 – What is NASAR?

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NASAR (National Association for Search and Rescue) uses standards developed by ASTM, NFPA, DHS, FEMA, and other respected bodies to build education courseware, publications, and certifications. In this episode CMC instructors speak with Chris Boyer, NASAR Executive Director, about the history of NASAR and what they’re doing today to advance search and rescue in the US.

Topics Discussed:

0:20 NASAR Executive Director Chris Boyer introduction.

1:37 John McKently introduction and involvement with NASAR.

3:54 What does search look like in the US today?

7:57 How did NASAR get started?

10:54 When did the organization start expanding eastward?

13:42 Are there any states that put SAR in the hands of fire from a legislation standpoint?

18:28 What’s the difference between SAR and USAR?

25:19 Mass rescue operations and wide area search.

26:45 What is NASAR doing to promote good legislation to get good uniformity across states?

29:57 How do you come up with a uniform standard of care and response?

33:03 Special challenges in National Park areas.

35:22 The need for a national database around SAR.

37:25 Volunteer SAR protections.

42:34 How important is it for each state to have a point person for SAR organization.

44:50 What’s the future of NASAR?

47:56 Closing thoughts.

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