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koester_lostpersonDecember 12-13, 2009 (Sat-Sun) 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Hall EOC, 470 Crescent Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501

Course Cost $30.00 (includes book and workbook)

Instructors: Jim Greenway & Ed Nance, the only two Georgia residents certified by the author, Robert J. Koester, to teach the course.

Notify Ed Nance ( for one of the thirty seats.

Participants will not only gain a full understanding of 41 subject categories contained within the Lost Person Behavior profiles, which have been compiled from the latest search and rescue incident statistics from the International Search and Rescue Incident Database (ISRID), but also receive a workbook along with in-depth instruction and case studies that goes above and beyond the just the book. The class is limited to 30 participants. Hall County Agencies will be given first choice to 11/20, and then will be offered throughout Northeast Georgia.

Lost person behavior is the cornerstone of search and rescue efforts. Based upon a landmark study, this book is the definitive guide to solving the puzzle of where a lost person might be found. Nowhere else is it possible to learn about the latest subject categories, behavioral profiles, up to date statistics, suggested initial tasks, and specialized investigative questions. This book delivers what search managers need.

Lost Person Behavior provides the reader with:

  • An indispensable book that can be used as a field reference (special rugged binding allows the book to lay flat) and an essential library reference
  • The latest search and rescue incident statistics from the International Search & Rescue Incident Database (ISRID), which contains over 50,000 SAR incidents
  • New detailed behavioral profiles that give insight into what drives the basic behaviors of lost people
  • Statistics based upon ecoregions to best match your specific search areas
  • New types of statistical information; find location, scenario analysis, mobility time, survivability, elevation changes, track offset, dispersion angles, plus classic statistics such as distance from the initial planning point
  • The ability to pinpoint the most likely areas to search, then determine initial tasks quickly using reflex tasking, the bike wheel model, and quick consensus.

Robert Koester’s ground-breaking research has made a science of the study of lost person behavior. This book underscores the importance of that science. Lost Person Behavior is an indispensable part of any rescuer’s library.

-Charley Shimanski, President Mountain Rescue Association

Here is the document outlining the location, time and other info for our monthly tracking training event for Sep 19, 2009

GTA Sep 19 2009 Training Info

Sep 19 Training Doc

Mark Young presented a brief introduction to Man Tracking and the importance of it’s early use in missing person incidents. The class was one of the best I’ve ever attended, in no small part due to the lead instructors – Bob Bolz and Allen Padgett. Their real world experience was priceless.
On Sunday we were joined by other DNR SAR Team members, including Mark. In addition to the man tracking presentation (made in record time 🙂 ), the other DNR members assisted in a series of tabletop exercises, using actual mission scenarios from past Georgia missing person searches.

Joel Hardin will be conducting a class in Sheridan Montana, sponsored by the Ruby Valley SAR group. If you would like to know more, see the “Upcoming Events” tab and click on the class date to see the class flyer. Feel free to contact us here if you have any questions. Thank you – Mark

In case you haven’t seen it, here is information on the NASAR FUNSAR class that is scheduled for Oct of 2009.  The class is not part of the regular GTA training and isn’t hosted by us, but it would benefit anyone involved in SAR tracking.  Note: Don’t forget we have scheduled Joel Hardin to teach a tracking class in early OCT as well!

717076_34608695If you’ve taken a FUNSAR class, please leave a COMMENT and let us know what you thought of it.

Here is the original email about the class :

A FUNSAR class is now on the schedule for the weekends of October 16-18 & October 30-November 1, 2009 in Cartersville, Ga. The registration deadline is September 1, 2009. Keep in mind that the spring class filled very quickly. I have posted registration forms, schedules, and other information at You’ll also find links to extensive FAQs on FUNSAR and SARTECH II there as well. The updated website also includes a RSS feed and an “AddThis” link for bookmarking and sharing pages from through email or with Twitter, Delicious, MySpace, and Facebook.

Please note that the spring class, scheduled for this weekend, has been full for some time.

I should also have a SARTECH II scheduled in north Georgia in October or November. I’ll add the information to the website at

Several other Georgia SAR resources are now compiled at Members of several SAR teams in Georgia and North Carolina helped me to compile FAQs or articles on:
-Georgia SAR
-SAR dogs in Georgia
-SAR ready pack equipment
-Tips for prospective SAR dog “subjects”.

Many of these were written to help SAR team presidents or points-of-contact address the volumes of questions that they get from aspiring members or dog handlers. Please feel free to forward to me any questions/answers that I should add to the FAQs.

Jim Greenway