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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 3, 1999
NEWS FROM: Division of Emergency Management: 99-107


Nevada Hosts Western Search and Rescue Training

Hundreds of Police Officers, Emergency Services Experts to Hone Their Skills

The Nevada Division of Emergency Management is co-sponsoring a major three-day training conference in search and rescue techniques this coming April.  Approximately 600 professionals from throughout the western United States will pick up the latest tips from the experts in dozens of specific areas of the search and rescue field.

Course selections include Area Searching and Man Tracking, Using GPS in a Search Operation, Use and Care of Horses and Canines, Wilderness Survival, Body Identification, Mine Rescue and much more.

The LAST (Locate, Access, Stabilize, Transport) Conference will be held at Nevada Army National Guard Washoe County Armory outside of Reno April 16th -18th, 1999.  It is open to anyone interested in the search and rescue field including all public safety and emergency services personnel.

Registrations are still being accepted.  The cost of the conference is $45 or less and includes meals.  Participants are being offered special rates at certain Reno hotels or free campsites at the Armory.

Co-sponsors include the Division of Emergency Management, the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR), the California Office of Emergency Services and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.   The Northern Nevada Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters will provide the meals and gain experience in mass-feeding emergency relief workers.

Contacts:

For General Information and Press Coverage:
Debbie Bunch, Nevada Division of Emergency Management, (775) 687-7362.

For Registration Information:
National Association for Search and Rescue, (703) 222-6277 ###