2018 SAR Conference

The 2018 SAR conference is now over and from all of the feedback it was extremely successful.  This success is due to great instructors and great attendees.  It is also due to the awesome support from the team from Kittitas County Search and Rescue, primarily Jim Nale, Sara Vickers, Teena Chase, Deputy David Houseberg and a number of others.  

We tried using tracks and that appears to be a good choice for us.  The great support we received from Matt Kozma for the K-9 track and Elena Reiss for the medical track made those areas extremely successful, and also the SARVAC team who worked hours and hours recruiting instructors and coordinating all of the aspects of the conference.  We also received tremendous support from Chris Long and the team of instructors he brought to the conference.

SARVAC is now moving to the planning of the 2019 conference.  We will be asking for your assistance as we develop the plans for the conference.  One area that we are asking for you input now is the type of classes you would like to see at the 2019 conference.  Also if you can recommend instructors to us.  These two areas would be of a great help to us.

If you have an idea for a class or an instructor please e-mail us at president@wasarvac.org.

Please note that the 2019 conference will be June 21-23, 2019 at Central Washington University and pre-conference will be June 17-22, 2019 at Central Washington University.

Thanks for attending a great conference and we plan to make 2019 even better.

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SARVAC Meeting - October 6

The meeting will be in Ellensburg at the fire station were we have met before.


This meeting is important as we will be nominating people for officer positions.  If you are interested in being an officer or have a volunteer who is interested please come and bring forward the name or names.


Additionally we will be discussing the plans being developed for the 2019 conference.  So please bring your ideas for classes and instructors.  Also please bring your ideas for social events.


NOTE: If you cannot attend the meeting in Ellensburg, you can call in. Details are attached:

SARVAC 2018-8 Minutes.docx

SARVAC October-2018 Agenda.doc


WA SAR Units

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About Us

Washington State Search and Rescue Volunteer Advisory Council (WA SARVAC) exists to provide a forum for search and rescue volunteers in our state to work together to develop best practices, develop curriculum, and discuss and resolve issues. 


We serve as a liaison between the search and rescue units and the volunteers that comprise them, and the WA Emergency Management Division, the agency that oversees search and rescue activities at the state level. 


We work with the Washington State Search and Rescue Coordinators' Association (WSSARCA) to address the needs of law enforcement agencies in our state when it comes to SAR volunteer responders. 


In a typical year, search and rescue responders answer the call to assist law enforcement agencies search for missing persons and those in distress around 900 times each year. This volunteer service is invaluable in the communities in which we serve.