2016 WA State Search and Rescue Conference

Welcome to the website for the 2016 WA State Search and Rescue Conference

Thanks for coming!  Please fill out this short survey about what went right and what we can improve on for next year.  You may fill it out even if you did not attend as that will help us determine how to make it more valuable to all in the future!


Don't want to get lost?

The Conference Center Map, including locations for classes, K-9s, helicopters, camping, vendors, etc can be viewed here.



Camping Final Instructions

See this PDF for a map of the campsites and instructions for getting on site.

Class Schedule is live!

The first draft of the class schedules are posted here!


Love using your GPS?
Cowlitz County SAR will be setting up six to eight "SAR Cache" caches, in the Kelso/Longview area, containing tickets for a special Sunday drawing.  Each one you find gets you another chance to win a prize.  We are trying to hide the caches in interesting local places.
We will also have a few SAR Caches set up "inside the fence" of the Conference Center grounds with prizes geared especially for families with little kids to find.
Washington State has mandated that Emergency Response Teams such as SAR start using the United States National Grid coordinate system (similar to UTM), so we will have clues using that system along with the Latitude-Longitude system.  We suggest you practice with USNG to see how much easier it is to use than other coordinate systems.
Not familiar with caching?  Go to www.geocaching.com to learn more.  Our SAR Cashes are similar.

Class List Posted

The most current class schedule is posted here.  Check it out for courses on Whitewater/Swiftwater/Dive, Medical/First Aid, Management, Leadership, K9, Grants and Fundraising, General SAR, ATV, and 4x4.  


Two Blackhawk helicopters will join us for the 2016 WASARCON.  Customs and Border Patrol out of Bellingham will show off their extraction platform, and Washington Air National Guard will be here for a landing and Q&A.  

Meet the Instructors

We are thrilled to bring nationally recognized instructors to the 2016 Washington State SAR Conference!  Click here to learn more about the line up.    

Keynote Presentation

From the Crater to the Courtroom: A Historical Perspective of Volcano Hazard Management in Washington State

Presented by: William Lokey


The experiences with Mt. St. Helens added volcano mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery to the agenda of many emergency managers and responders. This presentation reviews the historical perspective on the strategies, lessons learned about response, recovery and best practices in volcano [read more]...


Mark your Calendar!

Friday night, May 20th, our host hotel, the Red Lion, will sponsor a hospitality night!  Open to all ages, just bring your conference ID.  No host bar and FREE desserts, water, tea, and coffee.  Network, hang out with old friends, and meet new ones in this low key, fun hospitality night.   

See you there!


Online Registration is Now Live!

You may now register online here for the conference weekend and on-site camping.  If you would like to register off-line, or have a group to register, you may use this fillable PDF registration form.  Any questions about Registration or Lodging can be directed to Deputy Spencer.  Any technical problems with the registration process can be directed to Tim Hardin.

Social Media

If you are into Facebook, you can keep current on news by checking out and following our Facebook Page

Another Conference

OK, if you are looking for a Mountain Rescue specific conference check out the 2016 Mountain Rescue Association Conference.  

Online Registration is Now Live!

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Thanks to our Platinum Sponsors!

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