This is the best book on search and rescue that has ever been written. All future books on SAR will be measured against this one. This book is a huge leap forward in search and rescue management and provides a wealth of fascinating and practical information. An absolute must read for anyone in search and rescue or related fields.
-Dr. Paul Green, Eastern Washington University
Robert Koester's ground-breaking research has made a science of the study of lost person behavior. This book underscores the importance of that science. Lost Person Behavior is an indispensable part of any rescuer's library.
-Charley Shimanski, President Mountain Rescue Association
This book, Lost Person Behavior, just stepped into the "indispensable" category for search planners, and search management personnel. The research database for lost and missing person behavior analysis and the practical guidance for all missing person categories simply cannot be found anywhere else. Robert J. Koester (Bob) continues to both impress and amaze technicians in the SAR Community with his never-ending enthusiasm for refinement, statistical accuracy and ever-more detailed quest for the specifics on lost and missing person behavior. While Syrotuck and others set the state for the research on lost persons in North America, Bob Koester in his new book follows on with case study analysis and data personally arranged and coordinated from around the world.
The time, effort and commitment necessary to develop, write and produce a book of this caliber speaks for itself. Good, useful, technical publications take time, effort, and a commitment to detail few appreciate, and Koester's book shines. Bob's concept of ISRID (International Search and Rescue Incident Database) has been unprecedented in the SAR world for its potential impact and value. Emergency Response International now uses and has used Koester's data for years and we fully intend to utilize Lost Person Behavior as a primary reference for our Land Search Management Courses into the future.
-R. "Skip" Stoffel, Emergency Response International