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 the Zoom platform.

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 December 17, 2020
Hypothermia and Associated Maladies 
(featuring Drs. Christianne Coffey, Lauren Altschuh, and Miguel Pineda from the University of California San Diego.
Upcoming Events

Thursday January 21, 2021
Best Practices for Search Mapping and Data Management in SARTopo
(featuring Meghan Twohig and Julie Vargo from SARTopo) 


Thursday February 18, 2021
Spring and Summer Avalanches: Concerns for Mountain Rescuers
(featuring Dale Atkins, Alpine Rescue Team) 

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Past Events - Click on Image to View YouTube Video
Nov 19, 2020
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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