CONFERENCE 2020 - Cancelled

SARVAC has been notified by Central Washington University and the Kittitas Valley Event Center that due to the COVID19 outbreak and the statewide ban on gatherings they are canceling all events through the end of June 2020.  Additionally, they are considering canceling events July through September as well.

As a result, we are canceling the 2020 WASARCON We are looking at what alternatives may exist for later in 2020.  We have been in contact with several other venues, but they not booking events at this point.  We wish this was not the case, but we need to deal with the current issues with the current information.  We need to try to make the best choices available to us.

I want to thank all of you for your patience and understanding.

Additionally, I want to thank the WASARCON 2020 Planning Team.  These people have done an outstanding job bringing the plans to this point.  They have spent hours on calls and in meetings planning for another outstanding conference.  They are John O’Rourke, Teena Chase, Rob Brewer, Randy Faye, Jim Nale, Chis Long, Dana Lerma, Joe Carlson, Al Wurth, Elena Reiss, Ellis Nale, Debbi Sherman, Matt Kozma, Mary Barker, and Chris Terpstra.  These people and many others have put hours and hours of time planning and developing the best conference.

Thank you to all SAR members for your contributions and support of WA SAR, the annual conference and the community at large.

We are looking to 2021 and we will begin planning for the future soon. Please watch your email for ongoing updates.

If you need additional information please e-mail

Thank you all.  Take care and be safe and healthy.

W.O. (Bill) Gillespie
SARVAC President


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.


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