Training on Campus: Saturday, 9/18
Training on Campus: Saturday, 9/18

Mock Search and Rescue Exercise Planned for Saturday, 9/18

Search and rescue team rappel from clock tower railing

9/18/21 7:00AM to 7:00PM

The Thurston County Search and Rescue Council will be conducting a mock search and rescue training exercise on the grounds of The Evergreen State College on September 18, 2021 from 7:00 AM to 7:00PM.  The council is composed of groups of search and rescue volunteers trained in wilderness, urban, and evidence search and rescue techniques. The council is sponsored by Thurston County Emergency Management.  The mock search and rescue exercise is an official training exercise registered with the Washington State Emergency Management Division.
The exercise will have about 35-45 people participating and will be conducted on the Evergreen Campus.  Area of use include the campus core, the housing area, and around some of our campus trails. All activities will be conducted outside and no interior building access will be conducted.  Some of the participants will serve as actors while the teams conduct their mock search and rescue exercises.  The mock search and rescue is conducted as a way for the various units to assess unit readiness and capabilities, ability to work and communicate together across the units, and assess mission leadership. Mock trainings and exercises are sometimes the first chance new volunteers have ability to work together.
Two rescue team members rappel down Evans Hall

The Thurston County Search and Rescue Council is comprised of:

  • Thurston County Jeep Patrol
  • South Puget Sound Mobile Search and Rescue
  • Thurston Search and Rescue
  • WA Explorers Search and Rescue
  • German Shepard Search Dogs
  • Thurston County Sheriff’s Office may participate if teams are available

COVID Safety Protocols will be Followed
All teams will follow current COVID safety protocols. Evergreen community members may see the teams conducting their exercises with peer evaluators, their search and rescue dogs, and additional search and rescue vehicles parked or in use around the campus and roads.

The Evergreen community will benefit as a host site as the search and rescue teams will have a chance to familiarize themselves with the college campus, our trails, and the surrounding area to better respond in a true search and rescue operation.


Bryce Winkelman

Conference & Parking Services Manager
The Evergreen State College
360-867-6385 (Office)

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