The 13th Annual DuPont Rescue Experience will be held November 8th-10th, 2019


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The 14th Annual DuPont Rescue Experience will simulate search and rescue operations in a wilderness environment. The Exercise will begin on Friday November 8th at 1800 and will conclude on Sunday November 10th. The exercise will be divided into four (12) hour operational periods and will be managed utilizing the National Incident Management System. Search crews, dog crews, and technical rescue teams are encouraged to participate.



This year the theme of the exercise is “Boots on the Ground”.  The planning committee’s desire is each rescuer participate in at lease one field-based mission.  Training and scenarios all weekend will involve combining knowledge, skills, and abilities to overcome challenges found in the wilderness environment. Training sessions will be held throughout the weekend hosted by DuPont Rescue Experience instructors focusing on search management, technical rope rescue, land navigation, wilderness ems, mountain bikes in SAR, disaster communications, canines in SAR, and incident management. Participants are encouraged to participate in one or more of these training sessions in conjunction with ongoing search exercise operations.

Special Training: Dementia Patients and Search & Rescue, provided by Teepa Snow (only offered Saturday)


This session will provide learners with an updated understanding of dementia, focusing on common symptoms and behaviors during the progression of the disease. Examples of problematic interactions and situations will be addressed. The session is highly interactive and will provide learners with both physical interaction skills and verbal behaviors for immediate use in service.




UAVs in Search and Rescue (only offered Saturday)


This class is to introduce Public Safety personnel to the use of drones.  We will discuss the technology on how it can be used back home in your department or agency. They will be hands-on training for pilots and non-pilots.  This will also be a great opportunity to check out what is required to start a program.

NCEM Communications Branch Communications Vehicle Functional Exercise


This exercise is designed to test and evaluate participant’s ability to mobilize, deploy and operate in response to a widespread communications outage.  Opportunities will be available for participants to get Communications Unit Position Task Book sign offs completed.  The goal of this exercise is to test communications personnel skills and equipment readiness in a wilderness environment.  This exercise will require personnel to operate in primitive conditions and test team sustainability over a 48 hour period.   



An incident management team made up of participants will coordinate operations for the entire weekend. This will ensure teams are assigned as quickly as possible for field work. There will be opportunities within the IMT to serve in various lead positions or deputy / assistant positions.  Additional spaces will be available for communications support (Radio Operators)  
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