Pre-Conference Workshops


June 8 – 10, 2020

Lost person behavior is the basis of search and rescue missions. This course will teach the most recent advances in lost person behavior with Robert Koester presenting his latest research, and new behavior categories crucial to solving the mystery of where to look for a lost person.

Canine Search Foundations and Problem Solving

June 9 – 10, 2020

Join Joe Nick for his 2 day canine seminar. This seminar provides the opportunity for every level of experience to gain knowledge and increase your canine handling skills. All levels of training, certification or discipline welcome.


June 9 – 10, 2020

The 2-day seminar focuses on developing canine trailing skills. It is conducted in the field with your canine in and round Seven Springs Mountain Resort and the surrounding Forbes State Forest by Denise Alvord and Nick Hodgen.


June 9 – 10, 2020

The seminar focuses on search strategy and reading the dogs’ alerts in wilderness areas, for live find dogs as well as recovery dogs. Taught by Kathryn Bamford.


June 10, 2020

One day Technical Self-Rescue for Climbers program, presented by the American Alpine Institute, is an intensive one-day seminar on improvised multi-pitch rock rescue techniques. Participants study a series of haul, lower, rappel and rope-climbing systems and then apply them to a variety of practical scenarios. Individuals who complete this rock-rescue program should be able to apply these skills to a wide array of complex high-angle problems. There will be a 8:2 student-to-instructor ratio. All instructors are AMGA Certified Rock and Alpine Guides.

FIND – Mapping & incident management application

June 10, 2020

Supported with funding from the Science and Technology Directorate of the United States Department of Homeland Security, FIND is the only turn-key search and rescue (SAR) tactical decision aid that combines mapping, incident management, and search theory allowing faster finds and automatic documentation all while either connected or disconnected from the Internet. A single solution to all your SAR incident needs.
This hands-on class will introduce FIND, how to use it to generate maps, manage a search, and create incident documentation. Taught by Billy Chrimes.


June 10, 2020

SARTopo is a widely-used, collaborative online and offline mapping tool for use in Search and Rescue. Topics covered will from range from the ability to print maps for planning a training or at a mission, to assisting in base as a technician (ex: processing GPS tracks or recording clue locations), to using SARTopo for SAR planning and operations tasks, either on-scene or for remote support. Hands-on exercise will develop mapping data to support a mock search and rescue mission from inception into the second operational period. Taught by Patty Lindsey.

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