These free certificate-based online courses are intended to assist rescue mountaineers in their quest for knowledge on rescue techniques.  To achieve the Certificate  of Completion, participants must review each of the course’s Lessons, score 80% or better on a Comprehension Quiz after each lesson, and score 80% or better on the Final Exam.

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This program is designed to provide information required by mountain rescue and personnel for safe operation in advanced helicopter operations, including those in which rescuers are suspended beneath the helicopter while in flight.

At the conclusion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Understand techniques that contribute to safe and effective use of helicopters in complex operations involving human external cargo (HEC),
  • Understand the basic functions and safety features of HEC operations,
  • Identify key elements of aerodynamics and helicopter operations during hoist and short-haul operations, and
  • Implement helicopter management and safety precautions in complex helicopter operations

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SPONSORED BY: Breeze-Eastern

This program is a follow-up to the "Helicopters in Search and Rescue - Basic Level" course provided in the MRA Education Basecamp.  It provides more advanced information required by search and rescue personnel for safe helicopter management, and is designed for search and rescue (SAR) professionals that are involved in helicopter management in SAR operations.

At the conclusion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Understand essential elements of helicopter operations within the Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Identify several key elements of helicopter landing and takeoff areas; and,
  • Understand helicopter and heliport management.

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SPONSORED BY: Breeze-Eastern

This program provides introductory information required by mountain rescue and search and rescue personnel for safe operation in and around helicopters.  This material is designed for search and rescue professionals that work occasionally with helicopters in their search and/or rescue operations.

At the conclusion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Recognize key issues that contribute to effective use of helicopters in search and rescue,
  • Understand the basic functions and operation of helicopters,
  • Identify key elements of aerodynamics, helicopter design and controls, and
  • Implement helicopter management and safety precautions.

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This program is designed for search and rescue professionals and/or organizations that frequently work with the media.  This program should be of the greatest value to an experienced rescuer, as these SAR professionals make the most qualified media specialists.

At the conclusion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Understand the role and qualifications of a Public Information Officer
  • Identify several key ways to communicate information to the media, and,
  • Understand essential elements of media relations during an incident.
Photo: Antonio Arizo

This program is designed to provide introductory information to assist search and rescue personnel to realize a better understanding of operational stress injuries that rescuers may be exposed to as part of SAR activities. The content provides a foundation of knowledge for the novice as well as an experienced responder.

At the conclusion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Understand the formation of Stress Injuries
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of various stages along the Rescuer Stress Continuum
  • Identify the Five Principles for incident recovery
  • Develop tools that will help the rescuer increase capacity for stress while mitigating survival and numbing tools, in order to move lower on the Stress Continuum

This program is designed to provide an introduction into the concept of Situational Awareness, and its critical role in safe and effective search and rescue operations.

This material is designed for search and rescue professionals at all levels of experience from novice to veteran.

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify the three stages of Situational Awareness,
  • Understand seven key factors that reduce Situational Awareness,
  • Recognize common errors in Situational Awareness, and
  • Identify ways to avoid the loss of Situational Awareness 

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This program is designed for rescuers at all levels from by any rescue organization that may be required to respond to backcountry rescue operations. 

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to: 

  1. Identify how mother nature, physical elements, mental and emotional elements, and external influences contribute to risk in rescue operations
  2. Understand other external hazards affecting risks in rescues
  3. Understand methods to reduce risk on the basis of the elements presented

To achieve the Certificate  of Completion, participants must review each of the five Lessons, complete a Comprehension Quiz after each lesson, and score 80% or better on the Final  Exam.

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