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Joel Hardin Professional Tracking Services

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Date: June 6, 7, 8, 2014

Time: 08:00 a.m., Friday, June 6 through 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 8

Location: Niobrara County High School, 705 West 5th St., Lusk, WY

Course Cost: Before May 21st: $300; After May 21st: $340. $100 deposit required (payable to Niobrara County SAR). Balance due Friday, June 6, 8:00 a.m. Cost includes $200 for tuition, $100 for 8 meals, snacks, water. A $100 deposit required to reserve space in this class, due by May 21st.
Meals & Accommodations: Meals will be provided: Friday and Saturday lunch and supper; Sunday lunch; also, a light breakfast, juice, and coffee each morning.

There are NO prerequisites for this training presentation. This tracking course is open to all persons with tracking interests regardless of previous experience or training and will focus on primary training for beginning or novice student interests. This will be a certification course for all eligible students. All tracking students will be provided training at an appropriate level for their development and upward progress.

Course Content: This will be a 24 hour course beginning at 8:00 am Friday June 6 with registration and lecture including power point presentation to provide Novice and Basic tracker understanding of training methodology, techniques and procedures. The presentation supports field training by providing student understanding of training methods, manner and objectives. “Tracking” is a first response primary search resource used to verify witness statements, establish the “PLS”, direction of subject travel and following the physical evidence to the missing person. Field training will allow “student tracking team” experimentation and “hands-on” practice of fundamental tracking techniques. Novice students will progress from initial identifying a print, to “step-by-step” every track concept of following an identified sign line and practical tracking team response.

This is a “skill development” training program for Apprentice and Journeyman Tracker students. Students at these levels have acquired Basic Tracker understanding and will be introduced to practical tracking techniques and applications necessary to become a viable resource for SAR missions. Students at all training levels will be individually challenged with additional advanced tracking concepts and techniques. Journeyman Tracker students will be provided advanced training objectives working with Novice and Apprentice students and separately in simulated actual SAR and law enforcement mission scenarios.

Student Needs: Students should be physically fit and equipped for SAR field response. Field practice will continue during any inclement weather, students should be properly prepared with wet/dry, cold/hot weather gear. Knee pads may be helpful. Students need to bring a pen/pencil, note pad, small measuring tape, 5/8 inch doweling or similar, 36 to 40 inches long, with three rubber bands to use as a tracking stick and a three cell flashlight. Joel will have copies of his book, “TRACKER” for purchase.

Registration: Students must pre-register by May 21st for this course with a $100 deposit. If you have any questions regarding the class or class location please contact Brian or Tracianne Zerbe at (307)334-3462 or by email at zerbtb@vistabeam.com. Send your deposit to: Niobrara County SAR - c/o Brian Zerbe – 1197 N. VanTassell Rd, Lusk, WY 82225. Please include your return address and email. If one check is sent for a group, please include all names and emails for your group. Pre-registered students failing to attend this course without a reasonable excuse will be assessed the $100.00 service fee.

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