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 April 21, 2022

“Significant Mission Debrief”

The MRA Significant Mission Debrief will highlight two  complex SAR missions with key takeaways, successes/failures, or lessons learned from near misses.  We hope you tune in!

Facilitated by Michael St. John
Significant Mission Debrief
Upcoming Events

Thursday May 19, 2021

“Coming soon


Thursday June 16, 2022

“Coming Soon


Past Events - Click on Image to View YouTube Video
11 18, 2021
12 16, 2021
02 17, 2022
11 19, 2020
12 17, 2020
01 21, 2021
02 18, 2021
03 19, 2021
05 20, 2021
06 17, 2021
08 19, 2021
09 16, 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