Monday, March 17, 2014

Once again the Mountain Rescue Association and the National Association for Search and Rescue are teaming up for the National Search and Rescue Conference! 

Registration is OPEN and can be found here 

The event will be held at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton  
$102/Night conference rate use code "ANS" when you call

2014 National Search and Rescue Conference
Tentative Schedule of Events

Tuesday / Wednesday
June 3-4 Pre-Conference Workshops (pre-registration required)
June 3-4 0800 to 1700 State SAR Coordinators Workshop
June 4 1500 Opening of Exhibit Hall
June 4 1800 NASAR Board of Directors Meeting
June 4 0900 to 1700 Syrotuck Symposium

June 5 0900–0930 Opening Session
June 5 0930–1200 Workshops
June 5 1130-1300 & 1630-1900 Exhibit Hall Open
June 5 1330–1700 Workshops
June 5 1900-2030 NASAR General Meeting
June 5 2030–2200 Meet the Candidates for NASAR Board of Directors
June 5 1900-2030 MRA Safety Committee Near Miss Case Studies

June 6 0830-1500 Workshops
June 6 1000-1330 Exhibit Hall Open
June 6 1530-1700 Community Meetings (K9, Ground SAR, Water, Tracking, MRA)

June 6 1830-2230 Higgins & Langley Awards Ceremony

June 7 0830-1730 Workshops
June 7 – SAR GAMES
June 7 1630-2230 Awards Banquet & Silent Auction

June 8 National Search and Rescue Memorial Service
June 8 MRA Business Meeting

GEOCACHE – This year we have hidden many geocaches on site. Win prizes, impress your
friends with your GPS skills, let your inner geek go wild… go find’em!
Workshop Descriptions with speaker profiles will be posted on the EventMobi
application site. Go to to get the application and
event details, including directions, hotel, etc.

Preconference June 3-4
• NASAR Tracking Certification Examination (beta)
• NASAR SAR Fundamentals Tracking Course
• Cave Rescue Operations
• Endangered & Vulnerable Children & Adults
• Motivating Your Working Dog (observers welcome but must register)
• Urban Search Management
• Twin Tensioned Line Systems

Mountain Rescue Track
• Developing an Intuitive Understanding of Force Vectors in Rope Systems For Technical
• Snow Anchors
• Ice Anchors
• Proceedings of the 2013 International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR) Congress,
Terrestrial Rescue Commission
• Moving a Litter Through Class 3 Terrain
• Fact or Fiction- Common Rigging Myths
• Pre-Tensioning the Belay Line
• Edge Management and Rappell Backup for Rescue Personnel
• Solo Rope Rescue – Lowering Method
• Use of Skinny Ropes in Rescue
• Pike and Pivot – Jersey Bridle

General Track
• Train as You Fight…
• Increasing Professionalism of Volunteer Programs
• Social Media for Search And Rescue
• Search And Rescue Interface for Ski Patrols
• Survival Basics for the SAR Responder
• Visual Search, Target Orientation, and Probability of Detection
• The Effective Use of Volunteer SAR Personnel in Police Investigations and Civil
• Clue Awareness for Search Teams (CAST) – Train the Trainer
• Best Practices for Funding SAR Operations

Medical Track
• Moulage – Enhancing Realism in Training Exercises
• Wound Care
• What is Autism?
• Walk the Talk: Selective C-Spine Immobilization
• Missing at Risk: Understanding and Managing the Search for the Missing At Risk
Alzheimers and Dementia Search
• Exercise Programming for Mountain Rescue Personnel
• Understanding Missing Persons with Autism
• Practical Drowning Resuscitation

Government, HLS, US&R, and Technology Track
• Debunking SAR Myth vs Reality and Why Now is the Time to Get Prepared
• Back to the Future: Second Generation Distress Beacons
• Updated Tactics for Locating Distress Beacons
• Callout Systems on the Cheap
• ESRI Mapping Update
• Communicate Critical GPS and Digital Mapping SAR Information Wirelessly
• SAR Mission Optimization Using Common Operating Picture Technology
• Response to Chemical Suicide Incidents

Management Track
• Understanding the Human Terrain Search And Rescue Operations
• Interview and Investigation – Techniques for Search And Rescue Responders
• Investigative Strategies During a Missing Person Search
• Family Interactions with Search Authorities During SAR Incidents
• Standard Operating Procedures, Why Do You Need Them? What Do You Have to Have?
• Application of Structured Geospatial Analytical Methods to Wilderness SAR
• SAR Related Line of Duty Deaths in the Known History of the U.S. and Canada
• Advances in SAR / ISRID Grows
• Time Sensitive Mission Planning

Canine Track
Water Track (Swiftwater and Public Safety Diver)
NASAR Education Track

Courage - Commitment - Compassion