The Washington Search and Rescue (WASAR) conference just wrapped up and it was an outstanding success.  This year’s conference was coordinated  and hosted by the Klickitat County Sheriff’s office and SAR team.

There were over 400 attendees.  SAR teams from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia and New Zealand were represented.

©Blake Miller

The conference offered a variety of 96 classes that totaled to over 500 hours of instruction. Classes offered ranged from SAR Survival, lost person behavior, team leadership, man tracking, avalanche awareness and Washington SAR required training such as navigation and basic helicopter operations.

The quality of the instructors was top notch.  National figures such as Bob Koester, Brett and Skip Stoffel, Hugh Dougher, Chris Young and Rick Hood provided superb instruction; much of it hands on.

©Blake Miller

Unique to the WASAR conference was its affordability.  The registration fee of $95 included admission plus all meals Friday through Sunday.   Those who decided to camp on the conference grounds welcomed the spacious sites and remarkably low fees.  RV sites cost $40 for the weekend while tent camping was free of charge.


I am looking forward to WASAR 2013 because I know I will get invaluable training conducted by superb instructors.

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