Is Southern Technical Aquatic Resource & Rescue, Inc. a legal business entity?
YES. Southern Technical Aquatic Resource & Rescue (STARR) is and has been a
legal business since 2011. Initially STARR began as a LLC and later changed to a
INC. According to the Mississippi Secretary of State Business Services Division,
which processes the formation of Mississippi corporations, limited liability
companies, limited partnerships, and other business and non-profit entities, STARR
is a business in 'Good Standings'. Here is a copy of the business documents that
can be view by anyone at: https//:corp.sos.ms.gov/business-service-regulation then
scroll down to "Search for Business Entity" , then enter 'Southern Technical Aquatic'
Is Southern Technical Aquatic Resource & Rescue, Inc a legal IRS 501c3 entity?
YES. In a Determination Letter dated 11 February 2015, Southern Technical
Aquatic Resource & Rescue, Inc stating under Internal Revenue Code (IRC)
Section 501(c)3 with a public charity status of 509(a)(2).
Is STARR a member of the Better Business Bureau?
The Better Business Bureau has determined, after careful investigation and
consideration, that STARR meets the BBB accreditation standards, which includes
a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints.
STARR has built trust in the community and marketplace, provides honest advertise-
ment, honestly represents products and services in FULL disclosure, is openly trans-
parent through identifying features, clearly and prominently disclose all material facts
that bear on a customer's decision. Approaches all business dealings with integrity,
fulfills all contracts, commitments, and representations. STARR has been a
member of the BBB since 2016, with an A+ Rating.
Are the instructors that teach courses at STARR certified?
YES. Ever instructor is certified to teach the course they instruct. Our instructors are certified through AHA, AHSI, Red Cross,
NAEMT, and IFSAC. According to the American Heart Association, all instructors must posses a valid provider card,
successfully complete an instructor course, and teach at least two courses per year. This is also the program policy for AHSI
and the Red Cross. Those who teach NAEMT courses have completed the provider course, been selected to go through
the instructor course by Affiliate Faculty, must teach at least two courses annually, and successfully complete any course
refreshers that are published. Our water rescue instructors, have completed the highest level within that particular water
rescue program from outside agencies, have been selected to go through the instructor course by the Advisory Board after
being nominated by the lead instructors, successfully complete the instructor course, be a certified Fire/EMS Instructor
through IFSAC or ProBoard, assist / teach / lead at each course level, and must teach at least two classes annually. Since
there are NO actually national standards or accredited water rescue courses / instructor courses, STARR follows the NFPA
standards along with industry standards for instructors.
Are your courses accredited courses?
NO. Currently there are no accredited water rescue courses in the United States. All water rescue programs from the various
water rescue agencies follow at least the NFPA Standard 1006 and 1670. They collect data from other water rescue
resources and using the NFPA Standards produce a manual. This manual is then reviewed by a advisory committee or panel
made of at least of 10 to 20 individuals from various organizations. The committee or panel reviews the manual and
compares the objectives to those found in the NFPA Standards. If the committee or panel feel the material in the manual
meets or exceeds all the NFPA Standards, then the manual is approved for use. ALL water rescue organizations provide
students with a certification of completion that verifies the individual completed the requirements to successfully complete
the course. NO agency currently has a course that offers an accredited certification.
What is the difference between a certificate, certified, accredited?
CERTIFICATE: is evidence of an educational process or training completion but not that the person or individual is competent
in the knowledge provide within the course.
CERTIFICATION: this is a voluntary process whereby providing written assurance that a person, product, or process
conforms to specified requirements and standards. It is granted by non-governmental agencies recognizing the individuals
ability to demonstrate the knowledge/skill/competency according to a predetermined, standardized criteria. It has on-going
requirements that the individual must demonstrate to maintain the credentials. The agency does this through class instruction
practical skills assessment, written testing to measure against standards, course evaluations, and continuing education
ACCREDITATION: this is a voluntary process in which an agency is evaluated for compliance against certain set of
established criteria and attestation by a third party agency. This third party agency has demonstrated competence to carry
out certain duties and tasks. These accreditation agencies must meet the requirements set forth by NCCA, ISO, or
ACP Procedures Manual for Accreditation.
What types of cert's does STARR offer?
Currently, STARR offers certifications as we have been working through the Institution for Credentialing Excellence to
get our water rescue courses accredited. Therefore, are courses follow STARR Program Administration Manual that is based
on ICE recommendations, NFPA Standards, other nationally and internationally recognized agencies. According to the
SPAM, our water rescue courses use educational class instruction, with demonstration of skills, mastery skills test, a written
test, as well as a end of class evaluation. Other courses taught through AHA, ASHI, Red Cross, and NAEMT have their own
PAM's that our instructors follow. STARR has and will continue to raise the bar in training as we continue to work to get our
water rescue courses accredited, which will be the first in that industry.
What type of qualifications does the STARR staff possess?
Both owners possess college degrees, while one owner has obtained two Masters degrees, all have some type of college
education. Our instructors have certifications in a variety of professions from Fire, EMS, to Law Enforcement. Many of the
instructors have experience teaching at higher-level educational institutes with very positive results. All instructors that
teach a particular course not only has instructor certifications to teach the course but many real-world years of experience
within that course. We would be happy to show any agency or student the credentials of any instructor.