Flight For Life Colorado / Colorado SAR Board Conference

9/28/201811:00 am to 9/30/2018 12:00 pm

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Registration open through 9/27/2018 3:00 PM EST



The 9th annual Colorado SAR Conference Presented by Flight For Life Colorado and the Colorado Search and Rescue Board. This year's conference offers a wide variety of break-out sessions as well as ample outdoor labs lead by experts in the search and rescue community.


Featured Speakers

  • Ethan Greene: Trends in Avalanche Accidents
  • Sean Williams: A Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine; Alpenglow Emergency and Specialty Hospital
  • Dr. Jeremy DeWall: ED Physician, Penrose-St. Francis Hospital; Medical Director, Flight For Life Colorado & Teller County Wilderness Medical Team
  • Tom Wood: Technical Department Manager for Pigeon Mountain Industries

General Schedule of Events



  • 11:00 - 11:45 am: Registration/Instructions (box lunch provided)
  • 12:15 - 1:15 pm: Avalanche Transceiver Search Strategies
  • 1:30 - 2:30 pm: Traditional Options for Raises and Lowers
  • 2:45 - 3:45 pm: Lightweight Options for Rescue



  • 7:00 - 7:50 am: Registration & Breakfast
  • 7:55 - 8:00 am: Welcome
  • 8:00 - 9:00 am: Ethan Greene, Keynote Speaker
  • 9:10 - 5:00 pm: Breakout Sessions
  • 5:30 - 6:30 pm: Lift Ticket



  • 8:00 - 9:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 - 12:00 pm: Down and Dirty with UAV's
  • 9:00 - 12:00 pm: Mock Rescue



Session Details

Saturday General Sessions


Ethan Greene - Trends in Avalanche Accidents
This talk will discuss historic and recent trends and implications for future SAR missions.


Robert Hayes - Stop the Bleed

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.


Jeremy DeWall, MD - Rocking Medical Care in the Backcountry: Cutting Edge Backcountry Medical Advancements
We too often rely on performing basic medical care of the backcountry medical and trauma patients. Many advancements are occurring in the area of backcountry rescue from new knowledge, medical devices, medications, and critical thinking that allow for better outcomes and care for patients. This lecture will hit on these hot new topics to better your care of the patient from basic care through advanced medicine. Get ready for an adventure.


Saturday Breakout Session Choices


Breakout Session A


Sean Williams - Canine Wilderness First Aid
This is an introductory level course with a special emphasis on SAR animals. We cover basic canine anatomy, triage and the most common canine emergencies in field treatments.

Mike McDonald - Insiders Guide to Personal Locator Beacons (PLB)

When an SAR team is activated for PLB, it receives little more than coordinates from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC). This presentation will provide insight into the other beacon and satellite information AFRCC gets, SAR personnel can ask for, which may be helpful in locating the PLB. An overview will be given of the new MEOSAR System, now an operation, and second generation beacons, plan to hit the market in late 2019. This presentation is geared towards PLB, but all information is applicable to Air Craft Emergency Locator Transmitters.


Gina Scarbrough - Help Save a Life

Amazing and crazy case reviews where SAR and FFL Colorado worked as a team to save a life.


Tom Wood - Should I Throw Away My Gear?

An in depth look at when it might be time to part with your beloved harness, ditch your favorite helmet or breakup with your most trusted rope from the perspective of a life safety and rescue gear manufacturer. Tissues will be provided.


Breakout Session B


Robert Hayes and Candice Horgan - Stop The Bleed Hands On



Katy Watson - Aerial Search Techniques

Sometimes the hardest part of rescue is locating the patient. Spotting injured and lost parties from the air comes with it's own set of difficulties, but aerial search doesn't have to be a haphazard game of chance.This talk addresses ways to stack the odds in your and your patients favor.


Morris Hansen - How to Implement UAV's in SAR

UAV's are one of the largest tools available in SAR. This session will touch on how it's technology is being leveraged, what technology is available today, and what it takes to get a program started.


Breakout Session C


Colorado Hoist Rescue Team - Hoist Rescue Tier One Review

The Colorado National Guard has one of a kind partnership with Colorado Search and Rescue teams and law enforcement officials, providing air rescue resources during SAR and disaster responses. During this presentation, you will learn about CONG aircraft request process, mission request information, the CONG SAR structure and an overview of CONG aircraft, equipment, and capabilities. You will also receive an overview of the CONG rescue procedure.


Brian Taylor - Exploring Lightweight Rope Rescue Options in SAR

In this workshop participants will explore light weight rope rescue techniques & equipment for mountain rescue teams looking to travel light and fast. Topics will include: system safety factors, dual capacity two tensioned rope systems, rope system analysis & improvised rope rescue techniques.


FFL Crew Members - Airway Lab



Sarah Karges - I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!

Flying severe and abdominal injuries, what FFL has to offer; blood, critical care training and specialty skill sets, to the back country, field and scene calls. What SAR can expect and prepare, pre-flight, to contribute to positive outcomes.


Breakout Session D

FFL Crew Members - Airway Lab

Tim Baldwin - Shock Trauma and the Triad Death

Basic story of how people die and how we can help make the difference.


Tom Wood and Martin Barnett - Breaking Stuff

Interactive exercise in destruction. Bring us your tired prussiks, aged out ropes, rusted carabiners, and we'll see how strong or weak they are.


Charley Shimanski - Dude, Where's My Helicopter?

So, you have a helicopter coming to assist in your SAR operations, what does your pilot and crew need to know before they take off, and even more important, what do they need to know once they are within radio communication of you at your proposed landing zone? Will cover helicopter callout protocols, ground-to-air radio communications, the role of an Air Operations Chief, and key hand on signals that you should know to support your helicopter rescue resources as they support your SAR team.


Chad Miller - Lift Ticket (Optional)

Summit Medical Center


Sunday Outdoor Lab Options


Morris Hansen - Down and Dirty with UAV's

This interactive session will go into details on training plans, SOP's, equipment applications, how to approach typical SAR missions and hands on demonstrations. Weather permitting, outside demonstrations will show everything in action.


Conference Faculty - Mock Rescue







Course Cost


CE Credits

This conference has been approved for 13 contact hours that will be provided at the end of the course.


Colorado Mountain College - Breckenridge
107 Denison Placer Road
Breckenridge, CO 80424

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Holiday Inn in Frisco
1129 Summit Blvd.
Frisco, CO 80443

Group rate: $89
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