Monthly Online Training Program

The MRA Education Committee is proud to announce “Third Thursdays,” a new online MRA Rescuer Education Program.

In this new world where online rescue team trainings are commonplace, your MRA Education Committee has developed a new program to supplement your team’s training regimen with monthly interactive MRA online trainings that would be delivered using zoom.

These trainings will draw upon the expertise within and outside our MRA family, and bring our vast experience to a national platform for our MRA teams.  We will hold them live on the evening of the third Thursday of each month, but also record them for later viewing on our MRA web site.

Next Event
Thursday July 15, 2021

Quarterly MRA Significant Mission Debrief

MRA member teams respond to some of the most challenging search and rescue missions in the country, with each team having different approaches to solving these challenging incidents.

The goal of Significant Mission Debrief is for teams to present their response to a challenging SAR mission.

Next Third Thursday link
Password and login are on the member only page

Mike St. John

Upcoming Events

Thursday August 19, 2021



Thursday September 16, 2021

Coming Soon

Past Events - Click on Image to View YouTube Video
Nov 19, 2020
Dec 17, 2020
Jan 21, 2021
Feb 18, 2021
Mar 19, 2021
How to Contribute - Present

We encourage MRA “Subject Matter Experts” to contact MRA Education Director Charley Shimanski ( with any possible training offerings.  Presentations will be limited to 45 minutes, with 10 minutes of question and answer to follow.  Topics that would be of interest include:

  • Search Theory (including analysis of a recent search)
  • Case Studies
  • Incidents, Accidents, and Near Misses
  • Advances in Wilderness and SAR Medicine in Austere Environments
  • Helicopter Crew Resource Management

As always, your MRA Education Committee is looking forward to any feedback you might have.  Please forward your thoughts to MRA Education Director, Charley Shimanski, at

The MRA Education Committee is also looking for interested MRA members to join the Committee and lead the further development of this “Third Thursdays” program.  Please contact Charley Shimanski if you wish to join the Education Committee and assist on this important new initiative.

Michael St. John 
MRA At-Large Board Member