Check Lists & Forms

Below are a number of checklists and SAR incident forms. The KISAR board has adopted these checklists to ensure adherence to professional standards for KISAR membership.  Real-time documentation of SAR incidents helps organize and streamline the response.


Ground Search Standards – KISAR members should be fully capable to respond to “off road-system” SAR operations. We achieve this level of readiness through ongoing training.

Ground search members are required to have a ready 24 hour pack.

Individual minimum 24-Hour Pack Gear List – Suggested gear list for members who will deploy off the road system, and may need to operate without support for up to 24 hours.


Training Member Standards – Initial membership level in KISAR which allows you to participate in field training events. _____________________________________________________________

Support Member Standards – Support members are eligible to participate in  “road system” based operations only. They perform valuable tasks, but are not placed into more hazardous situations.

The required SARTech 3 course is available online. Talk to a KISAR member to borrow a copy of the textbook.

As a support level member you will wear your uniform to call-outs. This makes you visible as a SAR member to other rescue personnel and to the victim. Here are the KISAR Uniform Standards

In addition to the red jacket with the KISAR shield, the uniform includes a name badge on the chest or sleeve below the shoulder.


Mountain Rescue Standards – This is an additional level of certification, above ground search, with an emphasis on high-angle rigging systems and alpine travel. KISAR is developing a pdf version of the KISAR Technical Rope Guide.

In addition to extensive practical training, members interested in performing in the mountain rescue role will need the following individual equipment.

* Appropriate winter clothing, gloves, goggles, etc…
* 10 Essentials, including food, water and headlamp
* Crampon compatible mountaineering boots with crampons
* Ice axe and helmet
* Climbing harness and;
– Belay device with “pear-style” carabiner
– 5 non-locking and 4 locking carabiners
– 6mm prussic cord, lengths 4′, 6′, 12′, 25′ cordallette
– double shoulder sling
– pulley optional/recommended
– purcell prussic optional/recommended


IRIC- Initial Response Incident Commander

Below are a number of forms and instructions for initiating a search response and then organizing and documenting  the workflow:

Start here for a detailed SAR response workflow: Incident Response Checklist

Check-in/check-out personnel list: ICS-211p Form
Incident Briefing Instructions: ICS-201 Instructions
Incident Briefing Form: ICS-201n PDF Form and  ICS-201n Word Doc
Search and Rescue Debriefing Form: ICS-204b PDF Form and ICS-204b Word Doc
Lost person questionnaire for SAR: Lost Person Questionaire
The full text of the Initial Response Incident Commander booklet that goes into great detail to outline search leadership and incident management: IRIC Book (2nd Edition)