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Lost Person Behavior Course

October 5-6, 2023

TARS Annual Convention

Music Road Hotel and Convention Center, 303 Henderson Chapel Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA


Lost Person Behavior Course


The Lost Person Behavior SAR Planning Course is a two day workshop to support search planning for both ground searchers and command staff. Participants will leave with knowledge, skills, and confidence to create a strategic and tactical plan for their next missing persons operation. Using Dr. Robert Koester’s LPB model, participants will learn about statistical modeling as well as other contemporary modeling techniques to create a search area and write tasks which correspond to prioritization.  The instructor is Jeff Wadley with the Backcountry Unit Search and Rescue Team (BUSAR) in the Smokies.  Jeff has been in SAR for 43 years and brings a great deal of experience to this course.  Participants will want to download the LPB App into their phone/tablet and will want to have knowledge of SARTopo.  Students will be given a text, a map problem workbook, and many handouts.


Course Length: 16 hours

CEHs: 10

Prerequisites: None

Required PPE: None

Cost: $150.00 per student



Note: All registrations received up to two weeks prior to the start date of the class will be at the normal pricing. Any registration received during the period two-week period prior to the start date of the course will incur an additional $20 processing fee regardless of member, associate member, or non-member registration.


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