Forty volunteers completed a 16-hour Ground Search and Rescue training course on the weekend of October 20-21, 2012.  Training began at the ILEAS (Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System) classroom facility in Urbana and then moved to Homer Lake in SE Champaign County.  The training was conducted by Illinois Search and Rescue Council certified instructors, from the McLean County EMA Search and Rescue Team and the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office / Search and Rescue Team.  The training included an overview of SAR fundamentals, lost person behavior, SAR operations in the field, and search crew field operations both during daylight and at night.  Champaign County EMA, the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, the Cornbelt Fire Protection District Dive Team, and the Homer Fire Dept. assisted in the training.

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