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9th Annual Search & Rescue GIS Workshop


Monday, November 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM MST
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM MST

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Esri Broomfield Office 
One International Ct
Broomfield, CO 80021

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Paul Doherty
National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation

The NAPSG Foundation Search & Rescue (SAR) Working Group is pleased to announce our 9th Annual SAR and GIS Workshop! Join us for this annual opportunity that brings together professionals from diverse backgrounds, "so that others may live..."

What is SAR? Search and Rescue with a focus on missing person search and wildland rescue.
What is GIS? Geographic Information Systems - "data you can see on map".

Target Audience:

The primary audience will be SAR Personnel and GIS Specialists who are interested in Public Safety. We especially encourage National Park Service, FEMA USAR, and Mountain Rescue Association Team members to join us for this free workshop!

Please Note: Registering does not guarantee a seat for this event. Preference will be given to SAR Practitioners and GIS Practitioners who can commit to completing the prerequisite training. All registrants will receive a notification email within a week of registering. 

Workshop Agenda:

Day 1 - Geospatial Concept of Operations for Search & Rescue

  • Presentations
  • Panel Discussion
  • Lightning Talks

**Based on recent events, there will also be presentations that include lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey SAR Response.**

Day 2 - Geospatial Decision Support Tools (Basic & Intermediate tracks)

  • Paper Maps
  • US National Grid
  • Spatial Analyses
  • Field Apps
  • Web Maps and Apps

Basic Track: Participants will learn how GIS can be applied to SAR and will practice using already built geospatial decision support tools.

Intermediate Track: Participants will be introduced to SAR concepts, and they will incorporate existing GIS knowledge to create geospatial decision support tools.

Day 3 - More Training & Testing 
Participants will complete the training tutorials and practice using geospatial tools for an instructor “Stress Test”. Also, participants will have the opportunity to self-assess their capabilities and readiness.