Conference and Event Registration

2022 MRA Spring Conference: Early Bird Registration

Early Bird registration is now available for the MRA Spring Conference in Estes Park, Colorado. See Conference Presentations for a list of events and speakers.
Date: June 10-12, 2022 —EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS April 1.
Cost: $300 ($350 after April 1)
Full agenda to be announced

Pre-Conference 1: Trailing: wilderness and urban; all levels

Date: June 7-9, 2022
Size: 6 participants; 8 audit without a dog
Cost: $225; $50
Facilitator: Denise Alvord is a 17 year wilderness SAR K9 handler/trainer.  She has certified multiple dogs in FEMA disaster, avalanche, air scent, trailing, water, and human remains detection.

Pre-Conference 2: Cadaver Detection Dog Foundations

This class will emphasize a strong foundation for human remains detection dogs. Topics explored will include optimal reward selection, marker training systems, implementing distractor and proofing odors, and development of independent hunting behaviors. 
Date: June 7-9, 2022
Size: 8 participants; 8 audit spots
Cost: $200;  audit: $75
Facilitator: Kate Graham is owner and head trainer at Katalyst Kennels, where she specializes in developing green and pre-trained dogs for professional detection work.  Kate is a trainer for a SAR group in New England, and handles a NAPWDA certified cadaver dog.

Pre-Conference 3: Air Scent: all levels

Date: June 7-9, 2022
Size: 8 participants; 8 audit spots
Cost: $200; $50
Facilitator: Shay Cook, CARDA.

Pre-Conference 4: Wilderness First Aid

WFA certification is being offered at a substantial discount to conference attendees by MRA sponsor Base Medical. Online assignments must be completed before the course day. The full hands-on session will be the 3rd day.

Students will get access to the online portion of the class well in advance of the class date. The in person portion is June 9 from 8a-5p. Students must complete all required online learning before the hands on session. This course is approved by NASAR to meet the WFA portion of SARTECH certification requirements. As it is a first aid course, it does not grant EMS CE credit. This course is for MRA spring conference attendees. The MRA conference is open to all SAR responders regardless of MRA affiliation.
Date: June 7-9, 2022
Size: 20 participants
Cost: $75
Facilitator: Dr. Tim Durkin, Base Medical

Pre-Conference 5: Difficult Edge Transitions

The clinic focus will be on high angle litter edge transitions. A detailed briefing and dry land practice will begin the day.  We will then transition to a field site location at a local crag.
Date: June 9, 2022
Size: 20 participants
Cost: $150
Facilitator: Mike Gibbs, owner/director of Rigging for Rescue, will lead this clinic.

Pre-Conference 6: Recovery of Rescue Vehicles

This 1 day class will cover safe, expedient recovery of a broad spectrum of vehicles from ATVs to full size. The course will include Traction Xtraction, momentum Xtraction, various winch configurations, Hi Lift Jack use and more.
Date: June 7, 2022
Size: 20 participants
Cost: $20
Facilitator: Taught by International 4 Wheel Drive Trainers Association members. This organization has approximately 100 members around the globe training recreation, military, government, and industrial clients.

Pre-Conference 7: Managing Lost Person Incidents

32 hour NASAR certified MLPI. Students will learn progressive search management techniques including terrain based search management, applying the ICS Planning for extended searches, utilization of SAR Topo, and much more. Students will participate in tabletop scenarios and review multiple case studies.  The goal of the course is to enable students to effectively manage a SAR operation from the initial stages to an extended multi day incident.
The first half of this class will be taught remotely before the MRA preconference, with the second half in person on June 8-9 at the preconference session.
Date: June 8-9, 2022 —REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS ENDS April 1.
Size: 20 participants
Cost: $75
Facilitator: Michael St. John, Matt Jacobs, Kobe Pole are all experienced SAR managers.

Pre-Conference 8: Mountain Small Party Assisted Rescue

Targeting experienced mountain rescue personnel, class explores response to high urgency vertical rescues with minimal gear and personnel. Be prepared to be on rope for most of the course.
Date: June 7-9, 2022
Size: 14 participants
Cost: $175
Facilitator: Eddy Cartaya, Portland Mountain rescue, current president of International Technical Rescue Association.

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