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How to Join - Mason County Search & Rescue

Step-by-Step directions to become a member of the MCSAR team

  1. Complete the application form and return it in person or by mail to the Mason County Sheriff's Office, Attention Lt. Travis Adams. Alternatively, you may sign, scan and email the completed application to tadams@co.mason.wa.us.
  2. The Sheriff's department will conduct a background investigation and contact you regarding the status of your application. This process usually takes about 2 weeks to complete.
  3. You must complete the National Incident Management's Incident Command System courses per FEMA requirements. To save yourself some time, you might consider completing the two courses while you await your background check. To fulfill this requirement:
    1. Visit https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid to register for your FEMA SID if you don't already have one. This is your unique number with FEMA and is required for taking the NIM's ICS courses.
    2. https://training.fema.gov/nims/ provides links to the two courses you are required to take:
      1. ICS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System
      2. ICS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction
  4. Having completed both courses, deliver the resulting certificates to Lt. Adams as described above.
  5. When background processing and the required ICS courses are complete, Lt. Adams will assist you in coordinating with the Mason County Department of Emergency Management for the issuance of your DEM badge. This will include a photo and will be your official ID during training and missions.
  6. Now you're ready to start training! Determine which search and rescue unit(s) you are interested in and send this information to MCSAR President Mark Gardner who will help you identify the appropriate training track.

All content © 2017 Mason County Search & Rescue, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Federal EIN 911587888.
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