National Search and Rescue Conference 2015
Join SAR colleagues from across the nation next to beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park.
In addition to the three cooperating national and state SAR associations, we are privileged to have Larimer County Search and Rescue as our local host team. Many members are handling critical details of such a large event, from IC on down to training site scout (TSSL in ICS). Thanks, Larimer!
Larimer County Search and Rescue (LCSAR) of Fort Collins, Colorado is the hosting team for the 2015 National SAR Conference. Please visit their web site at www.larimercountysar.org for more information about the team.
The brochure is a pdf document that contains all of the details of the conference.
Please click the following link to access it.
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The presentation schedule is an Excel spreadsheet.
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June 4,5,6,7, 2015 - Thursday through Sunday
YMCA of the Rockies
2515 Tunnel Road
Estes Park CO 80511
Web Site: www.ymcarockies.org
Online registration is now open at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sarcon2015-tickets-15706800463.
Lodging and meals are not included in your registration price. YMCA of the Rockies is handling lodging and meals directly (except for the extra Friday night BBQ tickets). You will be automatically re-directed to the YMCA website after you complete your registration.
Event rates range from $ 70.00 for a one-day registration to $ 140.00 for full conference/early bird for NASAR, CSRB and MRA members and $ 180.00 for non-members. Please see the registration page for other pricing options.
Note to faculty: Please register online as an attendee. Your proffered discount will be refunded to you after the conference.
Colorado Teams: Remember to register right away if using Colorado SAR Fund Grant money. Your registration receipts are acceptable evidence of use of grant money.
Volunteering at the Conference:
Local host team Larimer County SAR would like volunteers to assist with the conference. This includes positions such as safety officers, track leaders, registrars, tech support for A/V and computers, security for silent suction security. If you’d like to help, contact Karen Williams at email@example.com.
Colorado Specific Information:
A/V Equipment needed
Colorado teams: the conference would like to fill in its cache of backup A/V gear and needs five portable computer projectors. If you can bring one, with arrival by Thursday evening, please contact Paul "Woody" Woodward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you applied for and receive a CSRB scholarship for the conference, the CSRB asks you to, in return, donate 4 hours of time to our local hosting team, Larimer County SAR. Once you receive notice of receiving a scholarship, after May, 1, contact Karen Williams at email@example.com.
Exhibitor Fees Deadline
Prospective exhibitors - booth fees will increase after April 30, 2015 to $ 500.00. Save some money and reserve now. Contact Aaron Dover at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Ypsilon Mountain and Fairchild Mountain, NNW of a lodge at the YMCA of the Rockies.|
Once you register you will automatically go to the lodging and meals reservations at the YMCA of the Rockies website.
Full-conference lodging plans include all meals and range from $ 118.00/day for single occupancy to $ 61.00/per person/per day for 3 sharing a lodge room to $ 50.00/per person/per day for 5 sharing a lodge room.
If you plan to share a room with teammates or other attendees, only one person should book the room for everyone (just as at a hotel).
Single-day passes do not include meals. Single-day attendees and off-ground guests can purchase meals at the front desk for a single meal or the whole week: breakfast $ 8.00, lunch $ 10.00 and dinner $ 13.00.
Attendees/teams/agencies that have multiple rooms and members on one reservation - a Task Force - will have one lodging check-in packet from the YMCA for your entire group. That packet will have everyone's keys and meal tickets and wristbands. Another task force member can check in for the person that made the reservation but they will be given the whole packet not a partial packet. Whomever checks in and gets the lodging packet will be responsible for dispersing the keys and meal tickets to everyone in you task force.
YMCA Dog Policy
SAR dog policy for National SAR Conference at YMCA of the Rockies
- Pet Fee $10 per pet per night will apply to individual lodging folios.
- Maximum of two dogs per contracted Central Lodge room allowed.
- Dogs are to be kenneled when in the room alone.
- Dogs must be leashed at all times. Wildlife is prevalent on the YMCA campus and surrounding area.
- Bathing of dogs in accommodations bathtubs not permitted.
- Please be responsible of your dog’s waste and dispose of in appropriate outside containers.
Do you want to camp or RV it while at the conference or for your post-conference vacation? The closest campground is East Portal Campground which is 1.3 miles beyond entrance to the YMCA at the end of the road. Next closest are in RMNP. There are dozens of RV parks in the Estes Valley, with several on the road to the YMCA. For a list, go to Campgrounds and RV Parks
Transportation to Estes Park:
Estes Park Shuttle
Web Site: www.estesparkshuttle.com
They have six shuttles daily to and from Denver International Airport.
- Leaving DIA at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 10:00 pm; Catch the shuttle on the East Side Bagage Level at Door 513 Island 1
- Departing Estes Park at 5:00 am, 7:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm. Please be in front of the Walnut Room 30 minutes prior to departure time.
Please verify pickup points and depature times at time of making shuttle reservations.
Estes Park Shuttle is offering a 25% discounted price of $ 63.75 round trip per person. Discount code SARCON.
Plan on two hours each way through the beautiful Colorado Rockies – the mountains, not the baseball team. The distance is about 80 miles; the last 20 are a climb of almost 3,000 feet.
Car Rental Service
There are many car rental agencies at Denver International Airport.
Estes Park Area Free Shuttle Services:
RMNP Shuttle Service
RMNP has a free shuttle service that will take you to various trail heads on the east side of the park. Please visit their shuttle web page at RMNP Shuttle Service.
This shuttle DOES NOT operate outside of RMNP so you will have to find a way to the park to take advantage.
For more information about Estes Park lodging, campgrounds, RV Parks, cabins, restaurants, things to do, events, maps and information, and Rocky Mountain National Park visit the Visit Estes Park web site at www.visitestespark.com
Rocky Mountain National Park:
RMNP is right next door. “ROMO” (radio call sign) celebrates its Centennial this year and is one of the most visited parks in the National Park system.
For information about Rocky Mountain National Park visit their web site at www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm
The “Diamond” on Long’s Peak in RMNP. It was first climbed in 1960, but only after the Park insisted that a standby rescue team was in place, for this then-perilous ascent. That team today is a member of NASAR, the MRA and the CSRB.
Historic artifacts and photos from this first ascent will be displayed at the conference.
Photograph courtesy of RMNP.
This years event will include a silent auction. Proceeds help keep the costs down.
Bring an item (or more) to donate. We would love each Colorado team sending members to contribute something: either local flavor (tee shirts, mugs, etc.) or an outdoors/rescue item.
Contact Aaron Dover about your donation: (303) 800-1708 ext. 22 or email@example.com.
Conference activity tracks are Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th with possible overflow to Sunday the 7th in the morning concurrent with MRA Business Meetings.
This year features more than 30 top SAR training sessions, including:
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 2 and 3, 2015
- Urban Search Management Courses
- Urban Search Management - Tuesday, June 2, 2015
- Urban Search Management - Train the Trainer - Wednesday, June 3, 2015
For more information click the following link: Urban Search Management
Classes are to be held in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm)
- Destructive Testing and Small Group Force Analysis at Rocky Mountain Rescue Group's drop tower in Boulder, Colorado
- Pre-registration required: Send your name and e-mail address to Dr. Alison Sheets, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Guest Speakers
Tom Hornbein a member of the 1963 US team that summited Everest via the West Ridge. In his book Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer writes that "Hornbein's and Unsoeld's ascent was--and continues to be--deservedly hailed as one of the great feats in the annals of mountaineering." Tom was at one time a member of Rocky Mountain Rescue Group in Boulder, Colorado. For more information, visit Wikipedia - Tom Hornbein
Mark Magnuson - Chief Ranger Rocky Mountain National Park will tell us about High Mountain SAR in this rugged national park.
Barb Scott - RMNP Centennial Coordinator will describe the history and centennial of neighboring Rocky Mountain National Park.
Jordan White who at age 23 is the fifth and youngest person to ski all of Colorado's 54 14ers (a 14,000 foot peak). In 2014 he skied the big three in Alaska: Mt. Hunter, Mt. Foraker and Mt. McKinley. Visit his blog at Blog - Jordan White
- Cell Phone Forensics for Search, A Case Study – Paul Woodward and Loren Pfau, Alpine Rescue Team
- How Consensus Can Help with POA/PDEN - Joseph Bobot, Ohio Special Response Team
- Clue Awareness Field Session – From 1:15 pm to 4:45 pm on Saturday afternoon. This session is limited to 15 attendees. Send your name and e-mail address to Howard Paul, Alpine Rescue Team at email@example.com. This session is full.
- Recent Advances in Search Practices - Robert Koester, SAR professional, researcher and author.
- Error Prevention Science Applied to SAR Navigation - Guy Mansfield, Everett Mountain Rescue Unit.
- Colorado Landslide MCI Response - Mark Hart, Mesa County Search and Rescue Team.
- Meta-Training: Maximizing Your Training Results Regardless of Team, Topic or Time – Dan MacLellan, Deschutes County S.O. SAR.
- Interview and Investigation Techniques for Search and Rescue Responders - Chris Young, Contra Costa County SAR.
- Risk Assessment and Mitigation for SAR - Mike Vorachek, Bonneville County SAR.
- AMDR and Resource Allocation (field session) - Joseph Bobot, Ohio Special Response Team.
- Mounted SAR Horse Rider Testing - Tomi’ Finkle, TROTSAR.
- Evidence-based Decision-making for Rope Rescue - Tom Evans, Sarah Truebe, NCRC
- External Hoist and Patient Packaging for Hoist Operations – Colorado National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training Site (“HAATS”) staff and helicopters
- Cave Rescue Awareness - Kenneth N. Laidlaw, Alameda County SAR Team
- Technical System Components Testing (field session) - RMRG drop tower in Boulder - Andrew Blackstock, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group
- KISS: Knots In Successful System and the PAARC: Practical Application of Anchors, Rigging & Changeovers - Patrick Bentley and Eric Gunnerson, Utah State University Ropes Course.
- Avalanche Rescue - Dale Atkins, Alpine Rescue Team and RECCO.
- Rope ascending techniques (field demonstration) - Allen Padgett, National Cave Rescue Commission.
- Mini-Wilderness Survival (field session) - George Dresnek, Sonoma County SAR, retired and NASAR.
- Go Light, Go Fast - Testing of Lighter Anchoring and Lowering Options - Zephyr Feryock, Sitka Mountain Rescue, Tufts University engineering student.
- Destructive Testing and Small Group Force Analysis at Rocky Mountain Rescue Group drop tower in Boulder, (THURSDAY PRECONFERENCE 11:00 am - 3:00 pm)
- Parallel Plaquettes Put Into Action - Mike Lukens and Kevin Sturmer, Rocky Mountain National Park rangers.
- When Angels Fall: Accidents in Medevac Helicopter Operations - Charley Shimanski, Alpine Rescue Team/American Red Cross.
- Proper Use of AFRCC and COANG Aircraft (classroom) - LTC Josh Day, Colorado Air National Guard High Altitude Training Site
Helicopter Field Demonstrations
The SARCON 2015 Presenter Committee is excited to announce that we will have not one, but two, rotary-wing aircraft field demonstrations as part of this year’s conference.
Colorado’s Army National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training Site (HAATS) will have one of their Blackhawks on hand to work with members of Vail Mountain Rescue Group to demonstrate patient packaging for live external hoist operations. CW5 Jeff Girquard and LTC Tony Somogyi of Colorado Air National Guard
Flight For Life Colorado will have their Aerostar B3 on site to demonstrate the Toe-to-Toe patient transfer protocols they’ve developed with the Colorado Air National Guard. Chris Carr and Matthew Bowe of Flight for Life Colorado
- ICAR Overview and Medical Commission - Dr. Ken Zafren
- Altitude Sickness - Dr Alison Sheets, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group
- Altered Mental Status: Beyond the Glasgow Coma Scale, What Do Rescuers Need to Know? - Dr. Alison Sheets, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group.
- Oxygen Therapy Tanks Compared at Moderately High Altitude - Mark Nelson, physician assistant student, former member Alpine Rescue Team
- Field Management of Hypothermia and Avalanche victims for Mountain Rescue: Many are Cold, but Few are Frozen – Dr. Ken Zafren, ICAR Medical Commission, MRA.
- Wilderness Trauma Care for Mountain Rescue: You Maul ‘em, We Haul ‘em - Dr. Ken Zafren, ICAR Medical Commission, MRA.
- Positive Strategies for Negative K-9 Behaviors / Tools to Improve Common SAR Dogs Behavioral/Obedience Challenges - Jody Davidson, California Rescue Dog Association
- Man Made Canine Hazards in the Wild - Chuck Melvin, K-9 Search & Rescue Team, Inc. and 1st Special Response Team
- Avalanche Dog Training Methods, Process and Opportunity - Janie Merickel, Summit County Rescue Group.
- Trailing: The Right Start - Kasie McGee, El Paso County Sheriff’s Department, Investigations K9 Support Unit.
- Canine Motivational Tools (field session) - Jill Reynolds, Larimer County Search and Rescue
- Reward, Drive and Building Engagement - Nicholas Hodgen.
- The Colorado Pre-Veterinary Care Act and its Impact on the Working Canine - Ethan Costain, Larimer County SAR.
- Lessons Learned from the 2014 Highway 530/Oso Landslide - Chris Terpstra and Guy Mansfield, PhD, Everett Mountain Rescue.
- Using Distance Alerts to Help Further the Search Effort - Marcia McMahon, Park County SAR.
- A Simplified Scent Model - Ryan Root, Front Range Rescue Dogs and Colorado SAR Board.
- First Net, mobile cell towers and communication for SAR - Ed Mills, Colorado Governors Office of Information Technology.
- SAR Operations Interoperability - Earl Tilton, NASAR.
- Enhancing Backcountry Radio Communications - Inexpensive Equipment and Simple Technique Changes - Paul Robertson, Grand County SAR.
- Risk assessment profiles for Solo Wilderness Hikers - Dan Hadley, Salt Lake County SAR Team.
- Air-medical classroom and field demo with Colorado National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training Site - Flight for Life - Colorado.
- Near-Misses in SAR Panel Discussion - John Meyers, Olympic Mountain Rescue and Rocky Henderson, Portland Mountain Rescue.
- Website Optimization for SAR Teams - Kristin Smaltz, Alpha Search and Recovery.
- Beyond the USGS Topo - Matt Jacobs, Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit.
- Using Cloud-Based Software for Incident Planning, Deployments and Reporting - Eric Hanigan and Chris Steven, San Diego County Sheriff and Desert Sheriff SAR Team.
- SARDUS, NASAR and NASDN are offering certification opportunities while dog teams are in Colorado for the national search and rescue conference. Testing will be for area search, human remains detection, and trailing. The clinic will be held in Estes Park, Colorado, June 1-7, 2015.
NASAR, North American Search Dog Network and Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States national canine certifications in wilderness air scent, human remains detection, urban and wilderness trailing.
SAR dog teams will have a rare opportunity to choose between NASAR, NASDN and SARDUS certifications at one event. Each of these organizations are working together and all are welcome – June 4 to 7.
An area search, trailing and human remains detection dog training clinic will be held June 1 to 3.
Canine teams will be able to train one-on-one with the most experienced evaluators from NASAR, NASDN and and SARDUS. We will be focusing on area search, trailing and human remains detection. Space is limited for this portion of the event. Costs will be the normal and customary costs associated with the certification and training. Click here for more information
- State SAR Coordinators Council meeting – Tuesday and Wednesday
- NASAR Annual Meeting and Meet the Candidates Night - Saturday
- ASTM Committee F-32 on SAR meeting - Sunday - Cancelled
- MRA Summer Meeting – Sunday
NASAR Certification Tracks
You must pre-register through NASAR.
- NASAR Rescue Technician II Certification - John Boburchuk, NASAR Instructor/Evaluator
- NASAR Crewleader II Certification - John Boburchuk
- NASAR Mounted SARTECH III - Tomi’ Finkle, TrotSAR Mounted Search and Rescue Team, NASAR Instructor/Evaluator
- NASAR FUNSAR Instructor Workshop - Susan J. Thrasher, Madison County SAR, Huntsville, Arkansas, NASAR Instructor/Evaluator
- Zip Line - Thursday Afternoon Only
- High Ropes - Friday Morning Only
- High Ropes - Friday Afternoon Only
- BBQ - Friday Evening (Included in meal plan. Purchase additional tickets at registration.)
Please note: These are fee paid activities that you pay for at time of registration. Each activity costs $ 10.00.
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