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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. 
Due to the physical nature of this course, student should evaluate their physical conditioning.
This course is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  Instructors will be from the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  
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
  • Minimum 5" fixed blade knife (preferred, but not required). 
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. 
After completion, the student will be able to:
  • Calculate their pace for distance determination in land navigation.
  • Determine direction.
  • Demonstrate how to start a fire with only methods and materials shown.
  • Construct a shelter using materials provided and natural materials that are available.
  • Identify cold weather injuries and proper treatment.
  • Demonstrate and use different types of rescue signals.

Course Completion Requirements:  Attendance and successfully demonstrate shelter building, fire building, and basic navigation skills.

Audience:  PSP Enlisted, LCE, LEO, MP, MIL

MPOETC CLEE Hours: 24 - CLEE ID# CLE00626

Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130All applications must be received 7 days prior to the course start date.
Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.
Other, See Notes2/19/2020 8:00 AM2/21/2020 4:00 PMCpl.  Mark Dean, 717-533-9111, ext 450,  No
Students should bring a fixed blade survival type knife.
Class will be held at:
Pennsylvania Game Commission Training Academy
Ross Leffler Building
2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg Pa 17110