By Rebecca Gourley

SAR conference showcases field skills, tracking, Insitu, Klickitat County


Rebecca Gourley

Klickitat County’s Litter Race team had the most interesting way of getting through a tight space obstacle, lifting the victim over their heads.

More than 500 people descended upon the Klickitat County Fairgrounds last week to learn more about search and rescue (SAR) trade skills as part of the annual Washington State SAR conference.

Classes offered to SAR members ranged from ATV operations to the ancient skills of man tracking. Some 550 hours of training were offered by 63 instructors in more than 100 classes throughout the week.

Saturday, the public was invited to attend a demonstration of different SAR skills. “Trevor,” an explosives-trained SAR beagle, put on a show as he searched the Bill Conboy Arena for the previously planted scent article of accelerant-stained wood. It didn’t take a minute for Trevor to start digging...

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