Schedule

Something for Everyone

Whether you’re a K9 handler, mounted SAR, ground search, or tracker, the VA SAR Conference has sessions for you!

Printable Schedule

Thursday April 20, 2017

Land Navigation Session 1
08:00  -  12:00
Land Navigation Session 1
New Classroom

Land Navigation Session 1

Two-day workshop that presents the practical land navigation skills needed by the SAR Responder. Workshop consists of classroom instruction as well as outside field exercises. Suggested Equipment: Compass, UTM/USNG plotter. GPS optional.

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Amateur Radio (HAM) Technician Class Session 1
08:00  -  12:00
Amateur Radio (HAM) Technician Class Session 1
Dining Room North

Amateur Radio (HAM) Technician Class Session 1

This ham radio class covers the Technician class license, the most basic of the three current license levels. Here’s how this will work. * Get the printed book now. (https://www.amazon.com/ARRL-Ham-Radio-License-Manual/dp/1625950136) * Study the book between now and the first class session. Take several free sample tests online (http://www.eham.net/exams). It does not matter how badly you […]

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Terrain Navigator Workshop Session 1
08:00  -  12:00
Terrain Navigator Workshop Session 1
Dining Room South

Terrain Navigator Workshop Session 1

This 16-hour workshop begins with the basic functions and builds on the capabilities of the Terrain Navigator Pro Software’s ability to support and manage the needs for mapping during a search and rescue incident. Users will learn how to integrate GPS information and other software / internet based tools to aid in the planning and […]

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Lost Person Behavior Session 1
08:00  -  12:00
Lost Person Behavior Session 1
Dining Hall Upstairs

Lost Person Behavior Session 1

This course will present the most recent advances in lost person behavior, the latest research, new models of behavior, and several new behavioral modes. Presented by Robert Koester an international leader in search and rescue research, the participants will go into details of actual search missions and the profiles for different groups from abduction to […]

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SOLO Wilderness First Aid Session 1
08:00  -  12:00
SOLO Wilderness First Aid Session 1
Bunkhouse Kitchen

SOLO Wilderness First Aid Session 1

The SOLO Wilderness First Aid 2-day (16 hrs.) class addresses issues of basic rescuer safety. The patient assessment system, the foundation of the course, trains students to determine what is going on with backcountry patients. Other sessions provide instruction in traumatic situations. Environmental emergencies such as hypothermia and heat injuries are dealt with in great […]

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Two-Day Semi-Tech Course Session 1
08:00  -  12:00
Two-Day Semi-Tech Course Session 1
Amphitheater

Two-Day Semi-Tech Course Session 1

This course provides those personnel with the basic knowledge and skills needed to perform a semi-technical rescue and EVAC using rope, hardware, and systems. Topics of this class will cover the construction, use and care of rope, rope equipment, hardware, construction of mechanical advantage systems, knots, belay and safety systems, anchor systems, and patient packaging. […]

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Wilderness Survival for SAR Personnel Session 1
08:00  -  12:00
Wilderness Survival for SAR Personnel Session 1
Outside

Wilderness Survival for SAR Personnel Session 1

Starting with lecture and hands on skill development, each day ends with a Survival Scenario to test your skills. Designed to familiarize both your body and mind to the stress of a real-world survival situation, this gives you the unparalleled advantage of having “been there, done that” when the time comes. Cost: additional $100.00 for […]

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Crime Scene Preservation Session 1
08:00  -  12:00
Crime Scene Preservation Session 1
Nature Center

Crime Scene Preservation Session 1

This course is for the professional Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers who would be first arriving on a possible crime scene. This class will give an overview of the steps those responders would need to take, so that the crime scene would not be compromised. Description: A two day course focusing on crime scene preservation: […]

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Land Navigation Session 2
13:00  -  18:00
Land Navigation Session 2
New Classroom

Land Navigation Session 2

Two-day workshop that presents the practical land navigation skills needed by the SAR Responder. Workshop consists of classroom instruction as well as outside field exercises. Suggested Equipment: Compass, UTM/USNG plotter. GPS optional.

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Amateur Radio (HAM) Technician Class Session 2
13:00  -  18:00
Amateur Radio (HAM) Technician Class Session 2
Dining Room North

Amateur Radio (HAM) Technician Class Session 2

This ham radio class covers the Technician class license, the most basic of the three current license levels. Here’s how this will work. * Get the printed book now. (https://www.amazon.com/ARRL-Ham-Radio-License-Manual/dp/1625950136) * Study the book between now and the first class session. Take several free sample tests online (http://www.eham.net/exams). It does not matter how badly you […]

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Terrain Navigator Workshop Session 2
13:00  -  18:00
Terrain Navigator Workshop Session 2
Dining Room South

Terrain Navigator Workshop Session 2

This 16-hour workshop begins with the basic functions and builds on the capabilities of the Terrain Navigator Pro Software’s ability to support and manage the needs for mapping during a search and rescue incident. Users will learn how to integrate GPS information and other software / internet based tools to aid in the planning and […]

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Lost Person Behavior Session 2
13:00  -  18:00
Lost Person Behavior Session 2
Dining Hall Upstairs

Lost Person Behavior Session 2

This course will present the most recent advances in lost person behavior, the latest research, new models of behavior, and several new behavioral modes. Presented by Robert Koester an international leader in search and rescue research, the participants will go into details of actual search missions and the profiles for different groups from abduction to […]

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SOLO Wilderness First Aid Session 2
13:00  -  18:00
SOLO Wilderness First Aid Session 2
Bunkhouse Kitchen

SOLO Wilderness First Aid Session 2

The SOLO Wilderness First Aid 2-day (16 hrs.) class addresses issues of basic rescuer safety. The patient assessment system, the foundation of the course, trains students to determine what is going on with backcountry patients. Other sessions provide instruction in traumatic situations. Environmental emergencies such as hypothermia and heat injuries are dealt with in great […]

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Two-Day Semi-Tech Course Session 2
13:00  -  18:00
Two-Day Semi-Tech Course Session 2
Amphitheater

Two-Day Semi-Tech Course Session 2

This course provides those personnel with the basic knowledge and skills needed to perform a semi-technical rescue and EVAC using rope, hardware, and systems. Topics of this class will cover the construction, use and care of rope, rope equipment, hardware, construction of mechanical advantage systems, knots, belay and safety systems, anchor systems, and patient packaging. […]

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Wilderness Survival for SAR Personnel Session 2
13:00  -  18:00
Wilderness Survival for SAR Personnel Session 2
Outside

Wilderness Survival for SAR Personnel Session 2

Starting with lecture and hands on skill development, each day ends with a Survival Scenario to test your skills. Designed to familiarize both your body and mind to the stress of a real-world survival situation, this gives you the unparalleled advantage of having “been there, done that” when the time comes. Cost: additional $100.00 for […]

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Crime Scene Preservation Session 2
13:00  -  18:00
Crime Scene Preservation Session 2
Nature Center

Crime Scene Preservation Session 2

This course is for the professional Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers who would be first arriving on a possible crime scene. This class will give an overview of the steps those responders would need to take, so that the crime scene would not be compromised. Description: A two day course focusing on crime scene preservation: […]

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Friday April 21, 2017

Land Navigation Session 3
08:00  -  12:00
Land Navigation Session 3
New Classroom

Land Navigation Session 3

Two-day workshop that presents the practical land navigation skills needed by the SAR Responder. Workshop consists of classroom instruction as well as outside field exercises. Suggested Equipment: Compass, UTM/USNG plotter. GPS optional.

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Amateur Radio (HAM) Technician Class Session 3
08:00  -  12:00
Amateur Radio (HAM) Technician Class Session 3
Dining Room North

Amateur Radio (HAM) Technician Class Session 3

This ham radio class covers the Technician class license, the most basic of the three current license levels. Here’s how this will work. * Get the printed book now. (https://www.amazon.com/ARRL-Ham-Radio-License-Manual/dp/1625950136) * Study the book between now and the first class session. Take several free sample tests online (http://www.eham.net/exams). It does not matter how badly you […]

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Terrain Navigator Workshop Session 3
08:00  -  12:00
Terrain Navigator Workshop Session 3
Dining Room South

Terrain Navigator Workshop Session 3

This 16-hour workshop begins with the basic functions and builds on the capabilities of the Terrain Navigator Pro Software’s ability to support and manage the needs for mapping during a search and rescue incident. Users will learn how to integrate GPS information and other software / internet based tools to aid in the planning and […]

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Lost Person Behavior Session 3
08:00  -  12:00
Lost Person Behavior Session 3
Dining Hall Upstairs

Lost Person Behavior Session 3

This course will present the most recent advances in lost person behavior, the latest research, new models of behavior, and several new behavioral modes. Presented by Robert Koester an international leader in search and rescue research, the participants will go into details of actual search missions and the profiles for different groups from abduction to […]

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SOLO Wilderness First Aid Session 3
08:00  -  12:00
SOLO Wilderness First Aid Session 3
Bunkhouse Kitchen

SOLO Wilderness First Aid Session 3

The SOLO Wilderness First Aid 2-day (16 hrs.) class addresses issues of basic rescuer safety. The patient assessment system, the foundation of the course, trains students to determine what is going on with backcountry patients. Other sessions provide instruction in traumatic situations. Environmental emergencies such as hypothermia and heat injuries are dealt with in great […]

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Two-Day Semi-Tech Course Session 3
08:00  -  12:00
Two-Day Semi-Tech Course Session 3
Amphitheater

Two-Day Semi-Tech Course Session 3

This course provides those personnel with the basic knowledge and skills needed to perform a semi-technical rescue and EVAC using rope, hardware, and systems. Topics of this class will cover the construction, use and care of rope, rope equipment, hardware, construction of mechanical advantage systems, knots, belay and safety systems, anchor systems, and patient packaging. […]

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Wilderness Survival for SAR Personnel Session 3
08:00  -  12:00
Wilderness Survival for SAR Personnel Session 3
Outside

Wilderness Survival for SAR Personnel Session 3

Starting with lecture and hands on skill development, each day ends with a Survival Scenario to test your skills. Designed to familiarize both your body and mind to the stress of a real-world survival situation, this gives you the unparalleled advantage of having “been there, done that” when the time comes. Cost: additional $100.00 for […]

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Crime Scene Preservation Session 3
08:00  -  12:00
Crime Scene Preservation Session 3
Nature Center

Crime Scene Preservation Session 3

This course is for the professional Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers who would be first arriving on a possible crime scene. This class will give an overview of the steps those responders would need to take, so that the crime scene would not be compromised. Description: A two day course focusing on crime scene preservation: […]

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Land Navigation Session 4
13:00  -  18:00
Land Navigation Session 4
New Classroom

Land Navigation Session 4

Two-day workshop that presents the practical land navigation skills needed by the SAR Responder. Workshop consists of classroom instruction as well as outside field exercises. Suggested Equipment: Compass, UTM/USNG plotter. GPS optional.

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Amateur Radio (HAM) Technician Class Session 4
13:00  -  18:00
Amateur Radio (HAM) Technician Class Session 4
Dining Room North

Amateur Radio (HAM) Technician Class Session 4

This ham radio class covers the Technician class license, the most basic of the three current license levels. Here’s how this will work. * Get the printed book now. (https://www.amazon.com/ARRL-Ham-Radio-License-Manual/dp/1625950136) * Study the book between now and the first class session. Take several free sample tests online (http://www.eham.net/exams). It does not matter how badly you […]

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Terrain Navigator Workshop Session 4
13:00  -  18:00
Terrain Navigator Workshop Session 4
Dining Room South

Terrain Navigator Workshop Session 4

This 16-hour workshop begins with the basic functions and builds on the capabilities of the Terrain Navigator Pro Software’s ability to support and manage the needs for mapping during a search and rescue incident. Users will learn how to integrate GPS information and other software / internet based tools to aid in the planning and […]

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Lost Person Behavior Session 4
13:00  -  18:00
Lost Person Behavior Session 4
Dining Hall Upstairs

Lost Person Behavior Session 4

This course will present the most recent advances in lost person behavior, the latest research, new models of behavior, and several new behavioral modes. Presented by Robert Koester an international leader in search and rescue research, the participants will go into details of actual search missions and the profiles for different groups from abduction to […]

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SOLO Wilderness First Aid Session 4
13:00  -  18:00
SOLO Wilderness First Aid Session 4
Bunkhouse Kitchen

SOLO Wilderness First Aid Session 4

The SOLO Wilderness First Aid 2-day (16 hrs.) class addresses issues of basic rescuer safety. The patient assessment system, the foundation of the course, trains students to determine what is going on with backcountry patients. Other sessions provide instruction in traumatic situations. Environmental emergencies such as hypothermia and heat injuries are dealt with in great […]

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Two-Day Semi-Tech Course Session 4
13:00  -  18:00
Two-Day Semi-Tech Course Session 4
Amphitheater

Two-Day Semi-Tech Course Session 4

This course provides those personnel with the basic knowledge and skills needed to perform a semi-technical rescue and EVAC using rope, hardware, and systems. Topics of this class will cover the construction, use and care of rope, rope equipment, hardware, construction of mechanical advantage systems, knots, belay and safety systems, anchor systems, and patient packaging. […]

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Wilderness Survival for SAR Personnel Session 4
13:00  -  18:00
Wilderness Survival for SAR Personnel Session 4
Outside

Wilderness Survival for SAR Personnel Session 4

Starting with lecture and hands on skill development, each day ends with a Survival Scenario to test your skills. Designed to familiarize both your body and mind to the stress of a real-world survival situation, this gives you the unparalleled advantage of having “been there, done that” when the time comes. Cost: additional $100.00 for […]

Click for more information on 'Wilderness Survival for SAR Personnel Session 4'

Crime Scene Preservation Session 4
13:00  -  18:00
Crime Scene Preservation Session 4
Nature Center

Crime Scene Preservation Session 4

This course is for the professional Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers who would be first arriving on a possible crime scene. This class will give an overview of the steps those responders would need to take, so that the crime scene would not be compromised. Description: A two day course focusing on crime scene preservation: […]

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Saturday April 22, 2017

Alzheimers Searches
08:00  -  09:45
Alzheimers Searches
Dining Room South

Alzheimers Searches

Alzheimer and Autism, the difficult searches!!  Learn and understand the reasons behind the extreme urgency of these searches, their uniqueness, and why we are on the way to an epidemic of both!

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COQ Update
08:00  -  09:45
COQ Update
Bunkhouse Kitchen
K9 Medic Class
08:00  -  11:45
K9 Medic Class
Dining Hall Upstairs
GPS Utilization and Management
10:00  -  11:45
GPS Utilization and Management
Dining Room North

GPS Utilization and Management

Think you know how to use your GPS?  Bring your GPS and attend this two-hour track for helpful hints, and problem solving.  Go through the course and learn how your GPS can be another tool in your toolbox.

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Autisim Searches
10:00  -  11:45
Autisim Searches
Dining Room South

Autisim Searches

Alzheimer and Autism, the difficult searches!!  Learn and understand the reasons behind the extreme urgency of these searches, their uniqueness, and why we are on the way to an epidemic of both!

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Searching for Clandestine Graves
10:00  -  11:45
Searching for Clandestine Graves
New Classroom

Searching for Clandestine Graves

Since 2003, Virginia has seen a steady increase in the number of searches for human remains and clandestine graves being the primary effort of the search.  As a professional resource all aspects of SAR personnel from the search team member, base personnel, up to and including the Search Mission Coordinator, should know what to look […]

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Lunch
12:00  -  13:00
Lunch
Dining Room
GIS for SAR
13:00  -  14:45
GIS for SAR
Dining Room South

GIS for SAR

An overview of advanced tools using both open source and subscription/licensed software packages to assist with multi-operational period searches.  Terrain analysis for cell phone pings, terrain feature offsets, mobility analysis, as well as uses for GIS in disasters will be a few of the topics covered.

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Stop the Bleed
13:00  -  14:45
Stop the Bleed
Amphitheater

Stop the Bleed

A nationwide course sponsored by National Association of EMTs based on the need to train US citizen how to control critical bleeding caused by any activity.

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Land Nav Exercise
13:00  -  16:45
Land Nav Exercise
Outside

Land Nav Exercise

Need a refresher? Forgotten it all?  Come to this 4 hr Land Nav refresher and sharpen your skills, or learn something new!

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Community Involvement
13:00  -  14:45
Community Involvement
Dining Hall Upstairs

Community Involvement

Many jurisdictions find themselves overwhelmed with untrained and unaffiliated volunteers when it comes to high profile missing persons cases. It is human nature to want to help, but it can place a substantial burden on the already stressed search and rescue and law enforcement professionals. This presentation will discuss strategies for developing relationships with community-based […]

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Dave Canterbury’s 10 C’s of Survival Adapted for SAR Personnel
13:00  -  14:45
Dave Canterbury’s 10 C’s of Survival Adapted for SAR Personnel
Bunkhouse Kitchen

Dave Canterbury’s 10 C’s of Survival Adapted for SAR Personnel

This presentation is designed to demonstrate The 10 C’s of Survival, as designed by “Dual Survival” star, Dave Canterbury, and presented by Donald Green.  The 10 C’s (Cover, Combustion, Cutting, Container, Cordage, Canvas Needle, Cotton, Cargo Tape, Compass, and Candling) are intended to provide a person with the tools needed to survive if they get […]

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What to Do if You Are First On Scene
15:00  -  16:45
What to Do if You Are First On Scene
Dining Room South

What to Do if You Are First On Scene

This session presents actions an initial responder can take to get the mission off to a good start for when the Search Mission Coordinator arrives.

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SAR K9 Meets SAR Equine
15:00  -  16:45
SAR K9 Meets SAR Equine
Equine Camp

SAR K9 Meets SAR Equine

This course is designed for SAR K9s that have never been exposed to SAR Equines or as refresher for past attendees.  The goal of this course is for K9s to work on task with their handlers, without the K9 being distracted by horses within their work zone or track.

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Dinner
18:00  -  19:00
Dinner
Dining Room

Sunday April 23, 2017

Critical Incident Stress Management
08:00  -  09:45
Critical Incident Stress Management
Dining Room North

Critical Incident Stress Management

This program is designed to help SAR personnel understand Stress in general, and how to manage it prior to a Critical Incident, and what to do afterwards.  Discussion will also cover how to read it in another searcher and find help before a valuable resource is lost.

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Supplementing Your USGS Topographic Maps
08:00  -  09:45
Supplementing Your USGS Topographic Maps
Dining Room South

Supplementing Your USGS Topographic Maps

According to the USGS, the average topographic map was last revised in 1979.  These maps still are the best and most consistent source of 24,000 scale quad maps, but a lot has changed in the last 40 years. This course will cover alternative mapping sources, including websites and apps, to help you identify new developments, […]

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Tracking Evaluations
08:00  -  11:45
Tracking Evaluations
Outside

Tracking Evaluations

VDEM Tracking Evaluators will be conducting several evaluation stations at the annual conference including Tools, Aging, Sign Interpretation, Signcutting, Sign Squares and others. You are welcome to participate in one or more evaluation stations whether you have an interest in certifying as a tracker, or even if you are just curious about trying some tracking […]

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Capabilities and Deployment Tactics of Equine SAR
10:00  -  11:45
Capabilities and Deployment Tactics of Equine SAR
Equine Camp

Capabilities and Deployment Tactics of Equine SAR

This course provides incident commanders, search managers and search and rescue (SAR) team leaders with basic awareness and benefits of deploying mounted SAR(MSAR) responders. Attendees will obtain operational and tactical knowledge of MSAR best practices of passive and aggressive search techniques within wilderness, rural, suburban, and urban mission environments. Participants will also come away with […]

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Community Involvement
10:00  -  11:45
Community Involvement
Dining Room North

Community Involvement

Many jurisdictions find themselves overwhelmed with untrained and unaffiliated volunteers when it comes to high profile missing persons cases. It is human nature to want to help, but it can place a substantial burden on the already stressed search and rescue and law enforcement professionals. This presentation will discuss strategies for developing relationships with community-based […]

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Lunch
12:00  -  13:00
Lunch
Dining Room