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Cold Weather Woodland Survival

 
Course Description: "This course is designed to educate Pennsylvania Law Enforcement in becoming familiar with basic survival equipment and techniques during cold weather conditions.  This course will utilize both classroom lecture and outdoor practical exercises that each student will perform.  The course will require the student to spend a night in a survival situation while utilizing shelter building skills, fire building skills, and navigation skills. 
 
Instructional Hours: 3 Days / 24 Hours
 
Instructional Objectives: To develop an understanding of basic survival decisions and to remain safe until they are able to self-rescue or are found by searchers. Be able to develop their own personal emergency survival kit and learn what items are essential for survival situations in Pennsylvania. 
 
Students should evaluate their own level of physical fitness.
 
After completion, the student will be able to:
1.       Calculate their pace for distance determination in land navigation.
2.       Determine direction.
3.       Demonstrate how to start a fire with only methods and materials shown.
4.       Construct a shelter using materials provided and natural materials that are available.
5.       Identify cold weather injuries and proper treatment.
6.       Demonstrate and use different types of rescue signals"
 
Additional Information: Class will be held at the Pennsylvania Game Commission Training Academy 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110 
 
Lodging and Meals: Lodging will be available at the Pennsylvania Game Commission Training Academy 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110, starting on Sunday evening if requested.
 
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided, student are responsible for dinner.
 
EQUIPMENT NEEDED:
BDU Pants (Black for PSP)
Uniform Shirt
Patrol Boots
Ballistic Vest
Duty Belt with weapon
Jacket (Cruiser)
Appropriate Cold Weather Under Garments
Gloves
 
Class Schedule:
 
Day 1 - 0800-1600 - Classroom at RLSC - Lunch on your own.
             Lodging is available at RLSC - Dinner on your own.
 
Day 2 -  Travel to field location (bivouac site)
              0700-1500 – field practice - Lunch provided.  
              500-2300 – “off duty.”
 
Day 3 - Report back to bivouac site by 2300.
             Return to RLSC by 0600.          
             0600-0700 - debrief/wrap-up/dismissal.
 
Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130.
 
Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.
 
 

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Notes
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Students should bring a survival type knife.
 
Class will be held at:
Pennsylvania Game Commission Training Academy 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg Pa 17110