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June 10 - 12, 2016 - MRA Spring Conference

Members of the California Region teams at the National Business Meeting. Photo Laurie Clarke.

The 2016 MRA Spring Conference was held in Port Angeles, WA, hosted by Olympic Mountain Rescue team. Several members from the California Region teams attended. The pre-conference included a climb of Mt. Deception which is the second highest peak in the Olympic Mountains and wilderness aircraft rescue and extrication course. The main conference included two days of classroom and field sessions on a variety of search and rescue topics. The field sessions were held at Salt Creek Recreation Area and Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. The keynote speaker during the MRA annual banquet was Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mount Everest.

The Spring Business Meeting was held on Sunday. Elections for national officers were held. Bryan Enberg (New Jersey Search and Rescue ) was elected president. Two California Region members were elected to national office. Art Fortini (Sierra Madre Search and Rescue) was elected as vice-president and Antonio Arizo (Ventura Search and Rescue) was elected as member-at-large.

The California Region also expanded by one team with the approval of the Ventura County Fillmore Mountain Search and Rescue team becoming an associate member team.

See photos from the conference here