Northwest SarCon
Hosted by Clackamas County Sheriff

Northwest SARCon

Oct. 3-6, 2013 • Camp Kuratli


SAVE THE DATE! Northwest SARCon returns

September 26-28, 2014!

to Camp Kuratli!


Northwest SARCon is a search-and-rescue conference for emergency responders and their supervisors. Attendees include sheriff’s deputies, SAR team members and volunteers, police officers, firefighters and military and medical personnel. Participants receive hands-on training and participate in discussions on topics related to every aspect of search-and-rescue missions.

Click here to watch a video about SARCon on our YouTube channel.

The conference returns September 26-28, 2014 to Camp Kuratli at Trestle Glen in Boring, Oregon. Click here to take a video tour of Camp Kuratli.

The 2014 conference will feature:

More than 40 expert instructors leading over 50 sessions.

Seven unique training tracks -- including SAR Management, Wilderness Survival, Wilderness Medicine, Technology, Water Rescue, K9, and Advanced SAR.

Over 25 field sessions -- including 4x4 vehicle and advanced off-road operations, shallow water crossing, patient packaging, mantracking, map and compass, and four-day trailing, human remains detection and air-scent courses for K9 teams.

• Plus vendors, networking opportunities and more!

Registration/Fee Info

Registration is limited to 400 participants. The registration fee for the conference is $299 for paid personnel and $199 for search and rescue volunteers. Three K9 specialty, four-day courses are available for K9 handlers and their dogs at an additional cost, covering off-lead air scent searches, trailing and HRD. The registration fee for any of these K9 courses is $475 per handler and $150 for observers.

A $20 discount is available to those who register and pay in full by July 31, 2013.  Discount cannot be combined with any other discount.

Online registration is now available.
Secure payments by Visa, MasterCard or Discover are accepted online.

Purchase orders and check payments should be made to:

2013 Northwest SARCon
attn:  Julie L. Collinson
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office
2223 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Registration fee includes workshops, a full breakfast on Friday, refreshment breaks, two evening receptions, the Northwest SARCon banquet and workshop materials. K9 specialty training will receive lunch on Thursday in addition to the other meals. Additional meals are available for purchase on-site at the conference.

No mail registration will be accepted after Friday, September 27, 2013. No online registrations will be accepted after Monday, September 30, 2013. No registrations at the door please. Transfer of registration fees to one other person may be done without penalty at anytime. Please fill out the Replacement Registration form (online soon) and return by September 30, 2013 to:

Julie Collinson, Conference Coordinator:
Phone: 503-557-5827
Fax: 503-794-8068

Confirmation of registration will be sent upon receipt of payment.  Limited space  is  available for certain field sessions. Participants should indicate their interest in attending these sessions on the registration form. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If a session is completely full, participants will be notified and will have the option to be placed on a waiting list or to make another selection. 

Field exercise departures times may be earlier than the start time noted in the brochure and online -- verify your field exercise departure time and meeting location posted at conference registration.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
Request for refunds must be received in writing no later than September 27, 2013. A cancellation service fee of $75 will be charged. Refunds will not be made for cancellations requested or postmarked after September 27, 2013 or for participants who register but do not attend. No exception to this policy can be considered as our funds are fully committed to the production of the conference. All refunds will be mailed after the conclusion of the conference.

Name Badges
Name badges will be required to enter all sessions and the conference area. Please remove name badges and lanyards when participating in high-risk activities.

Conference Materials
One conference notebook will be provided to each paid participant.

DPSST and POST Credit

Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (Oregon) and Commission on Peace
Officer Standards and Training (California) credit is available for those who qualify. Attendance certificates will be available online upon completion of the event. Continuing education credits are available for first responders, EMTs and paramedics participating in the medical courses and can be used toward re-certification.

Full Scholarship Information

A limited number of scholarships may be available for attendees who require financial assistance.

To apply, send a letter by July 31, 2013 to:

Sgt. Sean Collinson
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office
2223 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045



(Above: posters created for the 2011 conference by Paul Lanquist. These posters will be for sale for $20 each by calling 503-557-5827.)

Lodging Options:

Please ask for special NW SARCon rates when reserving your accommodations.

Camp Kuratli at Trestle Glen has bunkbed-style and private-room accomodations, in addition to RV and tent sites available on-site. Click here for more information. Please call Claudia Lewis at 503-637-5026 or e-mail Claudia here for pricing and reservations. Click here to take a video tour of Camp Kuratli.

Clackamas County's Barton Park is located a short distance from the Trestle Glen facility. The Barton Park "East" campground will be open during the conference. The campground is designed for RV camping, but some sites can accommodate tent camping. Overnight camping fees are $21/night, plus an additional $8 transaction fee. Advanced reservations are recommended as spaces are limited. You may reserve online at (find Barton East under the Camping/RV tab) or you may call in to the Main County Parks Office at 503-742-4414. For participants in the Search & Rescue Training, special permission is given to allow tents in Barton East campground.

Comfort Suites
15929 SE McKinley Avenue
Clackamas, OR  97015
Phone:  503-723-3450
Located 10.1 miles/19 minutes from Camp Kuratli
$75/night + tax.  Add’l $10/night pet fee.

Oxford Suites Portland – Gladstone
75 82nd Drive
Gladstone, OR  97027
Phone:  503-722-7777
Toll Free:  877-558-7710
11.4 miles/20 minutes from Camp Kuratli
$88/night + tax. Breakfast and evening reception included.
Pet-friendly. One-time pet fee of $25 per stay.

Clackamas Inn
16010 SE 82nd Avenue
Clackamas, OR  97015
Phone:  503-650-5340
Toll Free:  800-874-6560
12.3 miles/21 minutes from Camp Kuratli
$77/night + tax.  Add’l $15 for the first night, and $10 each add’l night after that pet fee.

Hampton Inn
9040 SE Adams
Clackamas, OR 97015
Located 10.1 miles/18 minutes from Camp Kuratli.
Special rate for SARCon attendees: $75/night + tax.  Sorry, no pets allowed.

Monarch Hotel
12566 SE 93rd Ave.
Clackamas, OR, 97015
503-652-1515 or 1-800-498-8700
Located 11.8 miles/19 minutes from Camp Kuratli
$79/night rate + tax.  Sorry No Pets allowed.

For more information:

Questions? Contact Julie Collinson at or 503-557-5827.

You can watch these SARCon videos on the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office YouTube channel:

For more information on the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue team, click here