Searcher Interviews

Its been a while since I have posted to our blog, but I hope that this post will be helpful to you if you want to become a searcher with our team.

As you train to become qualified to search, lead search teams, and beyond, you will participate in interviews/discussions with other MSAR members.  We hope to use this dialogue to prepare you for the next steps within MSAR, improve our team, and help you grow in the Search and Rescue community.

There are many topics that might come up, but here are a few questions and comments to consider.

General Questions

  • Why do you want to do Search and Rescue?
  • Have you talked with boss/teachers/parents about searching/responding to searches?
  • What has been your biggest hurdle? What was the easiest?
  • What are you most excited/concerned about?
  • What questions do you have for us?
  • Searches can be upsetting.  How are you preparing?
  • What is the role of the CQ/FTM/FTL?

MSAR Questions

  • What brought you to join Maryland Search and Rescue?
  • What are your MSAR goals?
  • Are there any offices or responsibilities that you are interested in or would consider in the future?
  • What do you do outside of MSAR (or what are you studying in school) and how can that help our team?


  • Do you have advice for people seeking your rank?
  • Do you have any advice on changes for the rank/program?
  • What can you do to help others reach your training level?
  • You have met the requirements for a new training level and we may look to you to help train others – What areas can you assist with? What topics are you most comfortable with?


  • How will you/can we make MSAR more inviting?
  • What have you done? What can you do?


  • Relax! While this is required – it is not something to get worked up about.
  • Watch out for field promotions!  Make sure you do not go beyond training/comfort levels!
  • Make sure that you are on our call out lists!
  • Know and share your limits – physically/emotionally/etc – and adjust your search participation.
  • Adults – Don’t dominate meetings. Give our youth a chance to talk, to do skills or teach first.
  • Youth – We need your parent/guardians support.  If they are not already involved how can you get them involved?

Thanks and Good Luck!

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