The Skamania County Sheriff's Office, along with Wind River Search and Rescue, Pacific Crest Search Dogs, Skamania County Emergency Management and the Sheriff's Dive Rescue Team, is hosting the annual Washington State Search and Rescue Conference in Stevenson on May 21-23.
This annual event has a long history throughout the State of Washington and provides a first class opportunity to volunteer search teams in Washington and the western United States to learn new skills, refine skills learned over the years and reconnect with friends and fellow searchers.
This year's conference provides access to over 75 classes ranging from map and compass training, K-9 education, horse use in search and rescue, helicopter use in SAR and various other educational opportunities that will provide new and seasoned SAR members and teams with the most updated techniques, technology and methods to provide search and rescue efforts.
There are a number of vendors who will be on site displaying the latest in search and rescue equipment and outdoor gear.
The conference is open to anyone who may have a desire to participate in search and rescue and those already involved with a local team.
The costs to attend the conference is $75. The registration fee provides attendees meals for the 3-day event and there is no cost to camp on site.
Additional information can be obtained by visiting the conference website at www.wasarconf.org.
"We are excited to offer this opportunity and invite you to consider attending. If you love the outdoors and are looking for a new and exciting way to serve your local community this event will provide you some insight into the world of volunteer search and rescue and the ability to talk with experienced SAR teams and their members about how you can become involved," said Dave Brown, Skamania County sheriff.