Section Chief/MLPI Course

This course is designed to teach hands on and theoretical skills in search management at the Section Chief level in Planning, Operations and Logistics functions. The instructor cadre bring hundreds of hours of search and search management experience. The content of the class is similar to, but does not replace the CalEMA Direction and Control of the Search Function, which is primarily focused on training Incident Commanders (IC’s). The course will follow the four phases of a search: hasty, 1st operational, multiple operations, and the find/suspension periods. To prepare for the challenges faced on every search the students will learn through lectures, hand outs, discussions, as will as getting their hands dirty in the paper work through a multi phase tabletop map exercises to hone their skills. Upon completion of the Course the student will take the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) Managing the Lost Person Incident (MLPI) exam and receive Certification and completion certificate

When: Saturday, February 14, 8 AM to 5 PM

Sunday, February 15, 8 AM to 5 PM

Saturday, February 21, 8 AM to 5 PM

Sunday, February 22, 8 AM to 5 PM

Where: Contra Costa County Sheriff’s EOC

50 Glacier Drive

Martinez, CA 94553

Prerequisites: The students must:

    • Have completed ICS 100 or equivalent

    • Be a full member in good standing of a recognized search and rescue team or resource for a minimum of 2 years

    • Have the recommendation of their team’s or organization’s Management Staff.

To Register: Because of the limited amount of space in the course and to be fair to all teams and organizations in the Bay Area, the course will be limited to 2 students from each team. Please submit your name to your unit Management Staff. The Unit Management Staff will be asked to select 2 candidate and 2 alternate names and forward their list to Chris Young ( by January 31, 2012. After January 31, if space is still available the alternate names will be added to the course.

Cost $50.00 per attendee. Covers field handbook, the NASAR MLPI Certification, miscellaneous paperwork and morning refreshments (Note the NASAR MLPI Certification fee is $55-70 and we are pleased to announce that BASARC will subsidizing the fee for those attending and passing the course) The text book will be a separate cost.

If you are interested contract your unit leaders as soon as possible to have your name submitted. Questions? Contact Chris Young via e-mail


We also need assistance from anyone who has graduated from the course to help with the training and map problem. Anyone interested please contact Chris Young at the above e-mail address.

Chris Young

Contra Costa County Sheriff's Search & Rescue Team

Lead Instructor

NASAR MLPI Instructor Trainer