Schedule

For a complete event overview, take a look at the SAREX 2019 Master Schedule (pdf).

Friday Evening

ATV/UTV
Drone Ops
General SAR
K9*
SAR Management
Tech Rope Rescue
USAR*

Saturday Morning

Air Ops
ATV/UTV
Drone Ops
General SAR
K9
Mounted
SAR Management
Tech Rope Rescue

Saturday Afternoon

Air Ops
ATV/UTV
Drone Ops
General SAR
K9
Mounted
SAR Management
Tech Rope Rescue

Saturday Night

Air Ops
Drone Ops

Sunday Morning

ATV/UTV
Drone Ops
General SAR
K9
Mounted
SAR Management
Tech Rope Rescue

* Note The Friday K9 and USAR courses will require special pre-conference registration.

All Courses

Air Ops

Helo Awareness

Saturday Morning
Travis WileyNapa SAR
National Guard aircrews

This course is designed to teach general helicopter awareness and hoist training for ground pounders. There is up to 50 ground slots available. Activities will include the following:

  • Various airframe orientations.
  • Personal and gear loading and unloading.
  • Hoist training.
  • Litter cold and hot loading and unloading from different platforms.

Hoist Operation

Saturday Afternoon
Travis WileyNapa SAR
National Guard aircrews

This course is designed to teach general helicopter operation and safety for litter tag line operations. Activities will include the following:

  • Airframe orientations.
  • Cold tag line training.
  • Team litter management.
  • Hot tag line hoisting.

Night Aerial Ops

Saturday Night
National Guard aircrews
Travis WileyNapa SAR

This course is designed to provide SAR members with an understanding of night-time aerial searching and the equipment available to complete that mission.

Focus will be on Internal Aircraft Communications, Visual and camera night searching techniques, Air to Ground Communication, and Crew Resource Management.

24 slots available via lottery

ATV/UTV

Kurt Stocks El Dorado SAR
James MechamEl Dorado SAR
Sgt. Peter HansenSanta Cruz Sheriff Dept/SAR Coordinator

This course will focus on training participants to recover SAR vehicles that have become stuck or disabled to allow them to return to command or to continue searching. We will include a group discussion followed by practical, hands-on demonstrations covering OHV recovery methodology such as winching techniques, how to use high-lift jacks, tire repair, digging, mat tracks, and static vs dynamic towing.

Class participants will take part in group hands-on training and execute recovery methods on their own vehicles.

Intermediate ATV/UTV/4x4

Saturday Morning
Kurt Stocks El Dorado SAR
James MechamEl Dorado SAR
Sgt. Peter HansenSanta Cruz Sheriff Dept/SAR Coordinator

This will be a hands-on class and trail run demonstrating how to get the most from your vehicle. It will cover topics such as negotiating intermediate and advanced terrain in mud and steep or rocky environments. We will discuss trail obstacles, off-camber scenarios, and breakover angles. We will also discuss and demonstrate airing down and how and why to use lockers.

The class will include a discussion component, a demonstration component, and opportunities for some class members to try various techniques with their vehicles.

Intermediate ATV/UTV/4x4

Saturday Afternoon
Kurt Stocks El Dorado SAR
James MechamEl Dorado SAR
Sgt. Peter HansenSanta Cruz Sheriff Dept/SAR Coordinator

This will be a hands-on class and trail run demonstrating how to get the most from your vehicle. It will cover topics such as negotiating intermediate and advanced terrain in mud and steep or rocky environments. We will discuss trail obstacles, off-camber scenarios, and breakover angles. We will also discuss and demonstrate airing down and how and why to use lockers.

The class will include a discussion component, a demonstration component, and opportunities for some class members to try various techniques with their vehicles.

Kurt Stocks El Dorado SAR
James MechamEl Dorado SAR
Sgt. Peter HansenSanta Cruz Sheriff Dept/SAR Coordinator

This will be a demonstration of advanced recovery techniques including advanced winching techniques with multiple rigs and angles.

Drone Ops

Nathan Deschenes34 North Drones
Bill Hays34 North Drones

Building a UAS Program for your SAR team. Covers FAA regulations as they relate to public and civil Unmanned Aircraft operations, will include FAA Part 107, training requirements and options for agency pilots, and will help agencies identify best uses and appropriate UAS equipment.

Greg CrutsingerScholar Farms

A review of the work done to map and survey the town of Paradises in the wake of the Camp Fire. Lessons learned, intra-agency communication, post-processing challenges, data accuracy and consistency work. 90 minute presentation.

Nathan Deschenes34 North Drones
Bill Hays34 North Drones

The Microsoft Communications Patrol Platform was specifically designed with emergency response in mind. The cutting edge hardware and software utilizes blending technologies to identify and collate 3G, 4G and LTE connections from up to 6 carriers and satellite connections concurrently. Each connection is dynamically managed for increased reliability in challenging and remote locations. In carrier denied locations the patent-pending algorithm will revert to satellite communications. The blending technologies system is capable of transceiver/repeater integration, real time data/video transmissions and transmission of WiFi signals lending to enhanced public safety. The mobile system can be configured to be operational in a vehicle down to a backpack.

Bill Hays34 North Drones

Basic UAV operating systems, safety considerations and hands on flight instruction.

This course will provide 1:1 instruction for 15 minutes per person. Space is limited to 8 participants.

Nathan Deschenes34 North Drones
Bill Hays34 North Drones

Live night time field demonstration of FLIR SAR technology and techniques which will be streamed and distributed live though our tactical communications vehicle.

Bill Hays34 North Drones

Basic UAV operating systems, safety considerations and hands on flight instruction.

This course will provide 1:1 instruction for 15 minutes per person. Space is limited to 8 participants.

General SAR

Major Megan StrombergArmy National Guard

This 45 minute course will discuss what IAA is, how to request it, what to request and when, examples of uses and improvements. The course will also present a case study in successes and progress with the program and the future vision for the program in SAR.

Kobe PoleMarin SAR

This class will be a short class on getting the most out of you patient history. There will be a short presentation followed by hands on skill drills

GPS

Friday Evening
Ken BuschoCALESAR

GPS Basics is designed to give you the essentials of setup and use of your GPS. We’ll cover setup basics to make sure the numbers you see on the screen are what you need to effectively find yourself on a map and report back your position. We’ll also review the steps needed to track your assignment properly, as well as things you’ll want to do at home to preserve your personal past tracks before you start an assignment. Finally, a checklist of things to do in Base before the start of an assignment to make sure your numbers are accurate and will be of use during a debrief.

NANO Training

Friday Evening
SSG Billy WadeIntelligence Awareness, Army National Guard

Students will learn operator level use of the SHOUT-TS (nano) tracking device to include near real time tracking, device to device messaging, device to incident command post (ICP) messaging, geo-tagging, and emergency alert capabilities.

SAR Navigation Basics I

Saturday Morning
Ken BuschoCALESAR

SAR Navigation Basics I & II is a two-part course to cover the essentials of map reading, compass usage and backcountry navigation.

Covers the basics of map reading and interpretation, including scales, contour lines, declination, symbology, location descriptions with USNG and the importance of datums. It will introduce compass skills, and essential skills and techniques for locating yourself, along with a cross country travel methods overview. The last hour will be a field exercise to practice compass skills, and to introduce the basics of triangulation.

Nicholas KooMarin SAR

This fast paced, hands on class focuses on evidenced based techniques and best practices for the management of traumatic injuries. The class will be tailored towards SAR EMS providers, and provide just in time training on a variety of critical skills. There will be a high fidelity simulation portion of the class where the participants will face multiple challenging, realistic scenarios incorporating the skills and techniques they have just learned.

Clue Awareness

Saturday Morning
Del MorrisAmador County SAR

This course will provide an understand of the importance of clues on a search, review negative effects on searcher awareness, discuss ways to improve searcher awareness, introduce tracking nomenclature and basic tasks to perform when a track is found, discuss ways to manage flashlight usage and examine a variety of clues that might be found and how they may appear in the field. Additional topics will include discussion on the importance of tracking, how to detect track traps, and how to form a specialized tracking unit within your team. This course is good for new SAR members or those looking for a strong review.

PLS Investigation

Saturday Morning
Kim AufhauserMarin SAR

Whether it’s an abandoned ATV, empty campsite or the Benz that’s been in the day use trailhead parking lot for two days, they all represent the potential PLS for your missing person search. All contain clues and evidence that may include the mental state of the missing person, their intentions, destination, direction of travel, equipment, a date and time sequence, scent articles, and more. Nearly all PLS sites are “fragile” and vulnerable to time, weather and mis-management. During this field course, learn how to approach the PLS, tips on how to see before touching, legal considerations, and utilizing what is present.

Please note: This is not a tracking class nor is being trained in mantracking a prerequisite. Having some knowledge in track awareness will be useful.

Kim AufhauserMarin SAR

SAR personnel are in the unique situation where they may be called upon to perform lifesaving emergency medical care in remote settings and be required to continue this care for hours. This hands-on course will give the SAR team member an opportunity to refresh their knowledge and practice how to stop severe bleeding, open and maintain a patient’s airway, tips on moving and packaging the patient, taking vitals, clearing the c-spine, management of the hypothermic patient, proper documentation, and more.

It would be instructive for SAR members to bring their team's first aid kit including a couple copies of their team’s patient care report forms. We will not use (consume) any of the supplies in the team kits.

Del MorrisAmador County SAR

Field component to intro course provided in the am and aimed at beginner SAR members or those looking to review. Course objectives include understanding the importance of tracks on a search, ways to improve track awareness, and understanding the importance of tracking and how to detect track traps. Participants will examine a variety of human tracks to see how they may appear in the field and will be introduced to tracking nomenclature and basic tasks to perform when a track is found. Additional topics include discussing ways to manage track information, necessary tasks related to finding tracks and their follow-up, and how to form a specialized tracking unit within your team.

Mental Health and SAR

Saturday Afternoon
Lindsay ChromikBAMRU

This course will discuss how mental health conditions influence search subject behavior and considerations for how that may impact searching. Resources for better understanding mental health conditions will be introduced. The course will also discuss searcher mental health.

SAR Navigation Basics II

Saturday Afternoon
Ken BuschoCALESAR

A field-based, cross country navigation module that builds on the concepts introduced in SAR Navigation Basics I. After reviewing compass basics and cross country travel methods, you will be given an opportunity to go out with a team on an assignment to develop and reinforce leapfrogging, handrails, catching features, offsets and other cross country travel methods.

In addition to traditional paper maps, we’ll utilize SARTOPO and GeoPDF maps and software to bring these skills up to meet modern standards of practice.

SSG Billy WadeIntelligence Awareness, Army National Guard

Students will learn operator level use of the SHOUT-TS (nano) tracking device to include near real time tracking, device to device messaging, device to incident command post (ICP) messaging, geo-tagging, and emergency alert capabilities. Operations students will learn the basics of Geospatial Environment for Command and Control Operations (GEC2O), interacting with SHOUT-TS assigned to search teams, messaging from GEC2O to SHOUT-TS, creating geospatial layers, exporting geospatial data, cross domain applications, and operational analysis as it applies to search and rescue operations.

Bob GehlenMarin SAR

Up to 8 teams of 6 will navigate through Walker Creek and test their skills in various forms of navigation, medical, and technical rope. This course will test team's abilities to work through scenarios and move quickly in steep terrain.

K9

Jo-Ann BrennerK9 Medic

As a SAR K9 Handler, you have a lot of responsibilities and not a lot of resources. The Intro to K9 Wilderness Responder is a 4 hr short-course on the essentials you need to ensure that you have the skills to read your K9's health behaviors as well as you can your read their scent behaviors, and to respond to emergencies that occur when help and helicopter is likely very far away.

Interactive, fast-paced course with hands-on practice, with topics including basic BLS such as what to do if your dog chokes on his ball reward (tip use ball-rope toys instead); heat/hydration/hypothermia including how to get high-drive dogs to drink enough on the trail; Bloat/GDV including important prevention strategies; toxins such as xylitol (X Marks the spot), environmental risks such as snake bites; trauma such as large animal encounters; and remote considerations such packaging and transporting your K9.

This course includes a K9 MEDIC™ certificate valid for 2yrs, color student workbook, and patient cards. Tuition $85.00/student (a SAREX discount!!) and payable directly to K9-Medic. After registering through SAREX, go to www.K9Medic.com.

This course will begin at 16:00. There will be an hour break for dinner.

Jack FieldsCARDA/K9 Development

This power point presentation and discussion is geared for teams from any working discipline to provide some insights into the how and why your canine does what he does; the way he does. Drive is the fuel, it's the magic dust that makes your canine's engine run. Please join us as we explore the many aspects of drive from what it is, how it works and how we can tap into this vital resource for better training and therefore better deployments. Got Drive? I hope so because without it you're only working half a dog!

Area Field I

Saturday Morning
Kevin LundquistMarin SAR/CARDA/YODOGS
Sonya RothMarin SAR/CARDA/WOOF/ALCO SAR

Handlers will get to work a varied of field exercises. Handlers can move through all three field courses as appropriate and do not need to remain in one for a full session block. Handlers can also participate in classroom K9 courses and then join field exercises.

C1 Field I

Saturday Morning
Marion MatthewsMarin SAR/CARDA
Alyson HartALCO SAR/CARDA

Handlers will get to work a varied of field exercises. Handlers can move through all three field courses as appropriate and do not need to remain in one for a full session block. Handlers can also participate in classroom K9 courses and then join field exercises.

Dr. Ben Ho, M.D. CAPT, MC, USN, Ret.OES

From Mount Whitney to Death Valley, and from freezing winters to searing summers, California can present an extreme range of environments for any search and rescue mission. Canine handlers especially need to be aware of the challenges that these conditions can place upon their search dogs. This presentation will present some of the strategies that will assist search dog teams to be able to function in these difficult situations.

K9 Disaster Deployment

Saturday Morning
Deputy Tracee WalkerSanta Barbara SO/CARDA

This class will cover K9 Human Remain Detection in a Disaster environment from the perspective of both a K9 handler and Incident Command. The course will discuss the expectations a handler should have when being deployed to a disaster environment as well as the expectations overhead will have for those responding teams

Trailing Field I

Saturday Morning
Ellen KrugerMarin SAR/CARDA
Greg SlavitCARDA/YODOGS/SARDUS

Handlers will get to work a varied of field exercises. Handlers can move through all three field courses as appropriate and do not need to remain in one for a full session block. Handlers can also participate in classroom K9 courses and then join field exercises.

Amy FieldsCARDA/K9 Development

Is your dog hidden away in the truck because you are worried it might react negativity to another dog? concerned about your dog-on-dog sign-off? Is the potential of a unfamiliar dog working a overlapping search assignment cause for alarm? Whether you are currently having dog-on-dog issues or if you want to prevent dog –on –dog issues in the future, this might just be the class for you! Please join us as we explore dog-on-dog relationships, including the core reasons problems develop, and how to address dog aggression issues if you have one.

Trailing Field II

Saturday Afternoon
Ellen KrugerMarin SAR/CARDA
Greg SlavitCARDA/YODOGS/SARDUS

Handlers will get to work a varied of field exercises. Handlers can move through all three field courses as appropriate and do not need to remain in one for a full session block. Handlers can also participate in classroom K9 courses and then join field exercises.

Area Field II

Saturday Afternoon
Kevin LundquistMarin SAR/CARDA/YODOGS
Sonya RothMarin SAR/CARDA/WOOF/ALCO SAR

Handlers will get to work a varied of field exercises. Handlers can move through all three field courses as appropriate and do not need to remain in one for a full session block. Handlers can also participate in classroom K9 courses and then join field exercises.

C1 Field II

Saturday Afternoon
Marion MatthewsMarin SAR/CARDA
Alyson HartALCO SAR/CARDA

Handlers will get to work a varied of field exercises. Handlers can move through all three field courses as appropriate and do not need to remain in one for a full session block. Handlers can also participate in classroom K9 courses and then join field exercises.

Wayne BehrensBAMRU/CARDA/YODOGS/San Mateo SO

This class is intended to provide participants with information on searching with a dog in the backcountry, among the topics we will address are:

  1. Assignments, what is realistic to cover given terrain and altitude.
  2. Challenges with different types of weather you can encounter
  3. Transportation from 4WD, to ATV’s to Helicopters
  4. What to carry, or not to carry
  5. Flanker, how to train, questions to ask.
  6. GPS and Radio
  7. Got GAR?

The intended audience are K9 handlers who may be new to backcountry searches, but we welcome an open discussion from others with experience in backcountry searches.

Goal is to provide participants with the knowledge on what to expect and how to conduct backcountry searches with a dog team.

Format will be interactive with use of a presentation to guide the discussion and actual searches to provide examples. Hands on equipment review.

Mounted

Dr. John Madigan, DVMUC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team

Animal Technical Rescue (ATR) - New Developments in Equipment and Techniques + other ATR-related topics

"Loops Equine Rescue System" (LERS). Simple, easily transportable, cheap large-animal rescue system developed by Dr. Madigan.

Field Operations with LERS:

  • ATR Scene Safety and ICS implementation (All participants have been ICS trained).
  • practicing with the LERS on mannequins (drags, rolls, vertical lift)
  • loose livestock management
  • mock incident using LERS

Advancements in Animal Technical Rescue, and its role in the community (CAMP Fire experiences)

Firearm Euthanasia for large animals: Methods/Guidelines

Who is this class for? SAR personnel who may be involved in a large animal rescue/recovery incident, mounted SAR, ATR-trained individuals, or anyone wanting to expand their technical SAR knowledge.

Animal Evac with SAR

Saturday Afternoon
Julie AtwoodThe HALTER Project

Julie Atwood will address the various animal awareness and response skills and tools that SAR, Mounted SAR and Posse units can acquire to increase their value as resources in emergencies and disasters. Adding animal behavior, handling and technical rescue awareness and skills vastly increases public safety in every incident involving animals, from a single trail or traffic accident to a major disaster. Julie will provide “first person” stories that illustrate challenges and suggest possible solutions.

ATR

  • Brief overview of Animal Technical Rescue (ATR) history, training options, certifications
  • Why adding ATR technicians to SAR & Mounted units makes public safety sense
  • Best Practices: integrating ATR into local emergency response: the importance of ATR Awareness for LEOs, Humane Officers, Fire Service
  • Creating local awareness of the ATR resources
  • Mutual Aid: how to achieve MOUs between multi-county resources
  • Integrating SAR and Mounted Units in Disaster Response: great assets but under-utilized— why?

Disaster Response

ATR resources can safely and effectively fill needs in major incidents such as:

  • Escorting Animal Responders inside mandatory evac zones
  • Providing animal transport resources
  • Providing/assisting radio communication between IC and animal responders

Humane Field Euthanasia (gunshot or captive bolt)

Training for Officers can offer enormous benefits across all incidents. Proper administration of gunshot/bolt euthanasia is a great gift to the community and often a badly-needed resource in disasters.

Capt. Halima Jo RobelMarin County Sheriff's Posse

Large Animal Handling for First Responders. Hands-on and Hands-off… Scene safety, how to read equines, establish containment and control, improvise equipment, avoid creating incidents-within-incidents.

This class is for anyone who wants to be better prepared to deal with large animals in emergencies and natural disasters. Whether horse-savvy or horse-phobic, the good information offered will make your job easier. Get up close and personal with some fine equines.

SAR Management

Intro to Sartopo

Friday Evening
Matt JacobsBAMRU / TNSAR

This hands-on class will help build fundamental SARTopo skills, with an emphasis on the initial operational period. Please bring a laptop, and ideally a phone with the CalTopo app preinstalled. Skills will include working with coordinates, combining layers, creating objects, printing maps, real-time awareness via the app, and integrating with other tools such as Google Earth and Avenza PDF Maps.

Mike St. JohnMarin SAR

This class is designed for Team Leaders above and covers contemporary All Risk Operational Leadership principles. This includes how to take charge of a team, motivate, demonstrate initiative, communicate and supervise. This class also reviews the importance of duty, respect, integrity and communication as it relates to incident leadership. Through the lens of operational failures in two case studies, we look at human factor barriers to situational awareness and the Swiss cheese model of failure to better understand how to observe potential issues before they become a failure. Students will also learn about risk management and how to develop controls and make risk decisions. Finally students will learn protocols for managing an “incident with the incident”, how to facilitate an After Acton Review (AAR) and protocols to properly refuse an assignment.

This class is largely based on the new NASAR Response Pocket Guide (RPG)

Advanced Sartopo

Saturday Morning
Matt JacobsBAMRU / TNSAR

This hands-on class will cover SARTopo best practices for large or extended incidents, from terrain analysis to track management and IAP preparation. Please bring a laptop, and ideally a phone with the CalTopo app preinstalled. Participants should already have a working knowledge of SARTopo, or attend the SAREX basic class.

Chris YoungContra Costa Co Sheriff's SAR Team

Interviewing is an important part of search investigation and yet is often a hastily done and incomplete task. In many searches especially in an urban environment, an interview may be the largest generator of clues on where to search.

This workshop will discuss why we need to interview and compare and contrast interview and interrogation in law enforcement and the unique requirements and needs in the Search and Rescue world. It will probe the "how to" mechanics of conducting a good interview from the setting for the interview, to the demeanor of the interviewer, to the type of in depth questions and how the information gathered can be used to paint a mental picture and profile of the missing subject. This information can then be used to assist the planning function in establishing where to look and the best use of SAR resources.

The workshop will also include interview practice exercises.

Debriefing

Saturday Morning
Jim Kuthy PhDEl Dorado County SAR

This class will offer guidance to search-management members about how they can systematically conduct debriefing interviews that collect and document the most useful information possible. This can include the verification of reported clues and/or contacts with potential witnesses; identification and location of unreported possible clues and/or witnesses; discussion about the assigned search area (such as the extent to which the search area was covered, the terrain, potential hazards, and search area challenges/limitations that were encountered); collecting the search-team members’ estimation of the probability of the detection of a missing person and/or clues in the search area; and much more. Sample debriefing forms and real-life examples will be provided to attendees.

Bryan SardochNapa Sheriff's SAR

Why learn from your mistakes when you can learn from his? Join Napa Sheriff's Department Deputy Bryan Sardoch for a discussion of the challenges faced while assisting in the field level investigation for hundreds of missing person reports during the 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County, as well as his involvement in the Napa-Sonoma fires of 2017 and the Lake County fires of 2015. We will cover topics including integration of fire/law/military personnel in search, personal safety, efficiency & accountability, team tactics & just-in-time training, leadership in disasters and the investigative workflow. The focus of this discussion will be on the division level. This perspective may help those wishing to form a more realistic operational picture for development of pre-plans in their own area.

K9s In Search Planning

Saturday Afternoon
Wayne BehrensBAMRU/CARDA/YODOGS/San Mateo SO

This class is intended to provide participants with information on various aspects of search dogs and their use in Search and Rescue operations, to include:

  1. Types of search dogs and their capabilities
  2. Planning and realistic assignments
  3. Deploying and management of search dog teams
  4. Debriefing

The intended audience are those may participate in various aspects of search overhead although it is open to all that are interested. Goal is to provide participants with increased knowledge on how to best deploy search dogs as well as their strengths and limitations.

Format will be interactive with use of a presentation to guide the discussion and actual searches to provide examples.

Lost Person Behavior

Saturday Afternoon
Chris YoungContra Costa Co Sheriff's SAR Team

Lost person behavior is the cornerstone of search and rescue efforts. Based upon a landmark study, this course is based on the book Lost Person Behavior – A Search and Rescue Guide on Where to Look - for Land, Air, and Water by Robert Koester (published 2008 by dbS Publications), and is the definitive guide to solving the puzzle of where a lost person might be found.

This course will cover the latest information and research found in the book regarding the lost person behavioral profiles. Particular emphasis is placed on the latest research concerning Alzheimer's, despondents, mentally retarded, psychotic, abducted children, cross-country skiers, mountain bikers as well as 41 separate categories of lost or missing persons. The participant will learn important background information, its implications for search and rescue, how to establish a prevention program, search statistics, behavioral statistics, and how to plan a search for each subject type. Additional discussion will cover behavioral profiles, urban verses wilderness statistics, suggested initial tasks, and specialized investigative questions. Participants will have the opportunity to work several practical scenarios.

Celeste FowlerAssistant Chief California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

This course will help SAR members understand the crime scene process with a focus on search methods, crime scene preservation, documentation, photos, evidence collection, and chain of custody.

Mark BaldwinAssistant Chief / State Search and Rescue Coordinator, Cal OES Law Enforcement Branch

"California SAR, The Big Picture" National, State, Local SAR - This is your chance to hear what is happening as a result of national as well as statewide efforts with SAR. Your State SAR Coordinator will present a briefing as to what is happening Nationwide and how it will affect the State SAR program and you. From FEMA/NIMS resource typing, to FEMA/NIMS SAR credentialing, to California’s Mutual Aid Guidelines to Legislation. Your State SAR Coordinator, your County SAR Coordinators, and your Sheriffs are very busy protecting and improving upon the State SAR program . This session will give you the details as well as give you the opportunity to share your concerns, opinions, or ideas. This is your chance to spend time with your State SAR Coordinator and view the “Big Picture” as well as have the opportunity to express your thoughts.

Matt JacobsBAMRU / TNSAR

Come learn about new and evolving best practices for managing extended (beyond the first 12-24hr) SAR incidents. Topics include terrain driven search management, effective segment development, a structured planning process based on the ICS planning "P", operational safety considerations and the preparation of effective written IAPs.

Eric J Bartelink, PhDProfessor, Department of Anthropology, Cal State, Chico.
Colleen Milligan, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cal State, Chico.
Ashley Kendell, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cal State, Chico.

This workshop will discuss the role of forensic anthropology in fire scene recovery and will focus on the 2018 Camp Fire Disaster in Butte County, California. The presentation will address mass fatality management, search and recovery protocols, and logistics in mass fire contexts.

Tech Rope Rescue

John ChangBAMRU
Rick WonnebergerMarin SAR

Fri eve knots & rope systems review. This preliminary session will provide provide opportunity to review compoenent methods and techniques that will be utilized in the Saturday and Sunday sessions.

John ChangBAMRU
Rick WonnebergerMarin SAR

High angle technical systems comparative analysis and inter-operative considerations. Multiple systems set up in relative close proximity of each other. Location: in the barn or immediately outside with overhead trees as high directionals. The venue will facilitate participants from different home organizations to built and demonstrating the rigging method from their home team. The systems will then be exercised by other participants to have hands on experience learning and operating those systems.

John ChangBAMRU
Rick WonnebergerMarin SAR

High angle rigging for K9/attendant rescue load handling and management. Location is same as morning session. The systems that will be utilized will be those built earlier in the day. K9 teams will be working with the rigging teams in exercsising the assembly and operating with K9/attendant loads.

John ChangBAMRU
Rick WonnebergerMarin SAR

Guideline system construction and operation. Location at reservoir at lookout point. Emphasis will be on anchors, load considerations, and hands on operations.

USAR

Randy EnglerBattalion Chief MCFD

The SAREX US&R track is a pre-conference class offered Friday from 9-4 hosted by Marin County US&R Team in Pt. Reyes Station. We will cover the basics of working in damaged structures, search and the California US&R system, and how SAR would fold into a large disaster response.

This course will focus on three different evolutions utilized by Heavy Rescue Companies and US&R Task Forces during operations in the urban environment. Participants will learn skills needed to mark buildings, utilize cameras and listening devices during search operations, lift and move heavy objects and construct raker shoring to stabilize buildings prior to entry.