Managing Land Search Operations – Basic Course

When: September 11-13, 2018

Agency personnel and volunteer responders routinely arriving as first on-scene at a missing or lost person incident must quickly establish incident command as well as begin the documentation and numerical assessments which will provide essential guidance, regardless of incident length or complexity. 

This course provides the essence of what the first-on-scene IC will have to initiate, manage and document on Type 5, 4, or 3 incidents. This training is non-technical, but provides a building-block foundation for both ongoing management of the operation and technical search planning that could be necessary in coming operational periods.  

Most searches begin as Type 5, 4, or 3 incidents and usually can be resolved using the informal search planning tactics and management contained in this course.  This course sets the foundation for the application of formal search planning should that become necessary and explains the principals involved in the analysis of Lost Person Behavior, Reflex Tasking,  statistical analysis, and the use of numerical assessments.  

Course will be presented by Skip and Brent Stoffel, Emergency Response International,

Prerequisites:  None.  Previous ICS training (ICS-200) highly recommended.

Location: Cowlitz County SAR, 1800 Western Lane, Kelso, WA 98626 (46.132041, -122.897571).

No cost for tuition or course materials.  Students should bring note taking materials.  Travel, lodging, and meals are the student’s/agency’s responsibility.

Registration:  Contact Chris Long, State SAR Coordinator, ( to register.  Maximum class size is 20 students.  Priority to Washington State law enforcement officers, members of the State SAR Planning Unit, and registered volunteers with SAR incident management responsibility.

Iceland Search and Rescue Conference

When:  Syrotuck Symposium: October 10th and 11th , 2018

RESCUE 18 conference will be held on October 12th – 14th, 2018

Where: Harpa conference and concert hall in the heart of Reykjavik, Iceland


Edited announcement follows: 


You can find information about the conference and the Syrotuck Symposium onL and the conference Facebook page


RESCUE 2018 is an international search and rescue conference with over 50 lectures in four lecture halls from experts from all over the world, interesting pre-conference courses and a variety of exciting off-venue activities. The attendance to the conference has been growing a lot the past conferences and the last two conferences the total attendance has been over 1000 persons each conference.


As a gesture for our foreign guests, many lectures will be held in English and the Icelandic lectures will of course be translated to English. That way, all our participants can gain as much as possible from the lectures they attend.


You can participate in an exciting pre-conference courses, dip into the Blue Lagoon and have a dinner after with friends and colleagues. On Monday after the conference there will be a SuperJeep tour up to the Icelandic Highlands or on a glacier.


That way you can make the most of your trip to Iceland!


Comments from guests that attended previous RESCUE conferences:


“ICE-SAR is utterly professional, wonderful hosts. Loved the two day pre-conference trip into the mountains.”


“Great speakers with impressive experience and knowledge.”


“Incredibly well organized, especially the pre-conference support for foreign attendees.”


If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me by email or phone at any time, my contact information is below in my signature.


Með kveðju / Best regards,


Dagbjartur Kr. Brynjarsson
Skólastjóri / Director

Björgunarskóli / Rescue School

Slysavarnafélagið Landsbjörg / ICE-SAR

Tel: +354 5705900 - Fax: +354 5705901 
Dir: +354 5705922 - Mobile: +354 6599099
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Nonprofit Training

Non-Profit Training presented by a variety of orgs is available at the link at left. 

Washington Nonprofits is a non-profit helping non-profits and has training listed here.