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Inland Search and Rescue

In 1956, with the publishing of the first National Search and Rescue Plan, the Coast Guard was designated the single federal agency responsible for maritime search and rescue and, likewise, the US Air Force was designated the single federal agency responsible for federal-level search and rescue for the inland regions. In order to meet the need for trained Coast Guard and Air Force search and rescue (SAR) Planners, the joint service National Search & Rescue School was established.

The Inland Search and Rescue Planning Course is taught by the Air Force element of the National Search and Rescue School, located at USCG Training Center Yorktown. Directions to the base can be found here. The Inland SAR Planning Course it presented throughout the United States by a team of instructors. An overview of the Inland SAR Planning course and the Basic Inland SAR course can be found using the links on this page. Application procedures, course sponsorship requirements, and contact information are found below.

Class Schedules

Application Procedures

  • Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, or other agency, including Volunteer SAR Teams
    • Apply online.
    • National Park Service: Apply through your agency to the school. NPS employees should obtain permission from their supervisors to attend, and include that approval with their nomination. Send the nomination to the email address below, with a copy to their regional employee development office.
    • The school may contact your state SAR office to help with some selection decisions.
    • For e-mail applications, a simple e-mail note with the following information may be sufficient to start the process:
      • Name
      • Position/Title and Agency for your SAR duties
      • Mailing Address
      • Phone and fax numbers
      • E-mail address
  • U.S. Coast Guard - IMPORTANT - Course Attendance is Unit Funded
    • Apply through program manager to request a quota.  USCG course number is 341141.
    • Additionally, contact the school directly at so we can reserve a seat and assist you with the application process.
  • Civil Air Patrol
    • Apply through CAP National Headquarters by using the link: .  Applications submitted using this link will automatically send registration notification to HQ CAP and the National SAR School.
    • If you are "dual-hatted" (for example, local law enforcement and CAP), contact the school to determine your most appropriate attendance category and application route.
  • Military
    • Apply through your MPF Formal Training Office (or service equivalent) to request AETC or service-funded quotas.
    • Contact the school so the faculty can work the quota process backwards, also.
    • Important Maritime and Inland prerequisite information and instructions.

NOTE: This information is for students attending the Inland SAR Planning Course. The Maritime SAR Planner Course is designed specifically for persons working in maritime Rescue Coordination Centers and attendance is generally restricted to those personnel. 

Submit application information via either fax to 757-856-2242 or e-mail

Sponsorship Requirements

Are you sponsoring an upcoming National SAR School course in your state? Please download and review our Sponsor Requirements and Student Selection Guidance.

Contact Information

Mailing address:
Commanding Officer (tsar)
National Search and Rescue School
Attn: Inland SAR
USCG Training Center
Yorktown, Virginia 23690-5000

Fax:  (757) 856-2242
Air Force Rescue Coordination Center

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Last Modified 1/24/2014