National Cave Rescue Commission
Election Announcement
February 24, 2018
The NCRC will be awarding five scholarships of $350 to help students attend the national weeklong seminar at Camp Skyline in Mentone, AL May 11-19, 2018.
To be considered please send a caving resume, 2 letters of support from NSS members, and a cover letter describing your financial need and how training would benefit the caving community in your region.
Letters from grotto officers will be given the most weight. Letters from Regional Coordinators will be given less weight.
Submit your information to Roger Mortimer, 1455 N. Echo Avenue, Fresno, CA 93728.
All materials may be submitted electronically via email.
Deadlines are February 11, 2018 to be considered.
Awards will be (tentatively) announced by March 11, 2018​.
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NCRC Winter Meeting 2018 Agenda
The NCRC would like to continue its exchange program with other cave rescue agencies in other parts of the world. If you or your organization would like to participate, please contact via email.
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Upcoming Training

Orientation to Cave Rescue
April 13-15, 2018
Chimney Rock State Park, NC
NCRC National Training Seminar in Mentone Alabama at Camp Skyline

May 12-19th 2018

This seminar consists of extensive classroom instruction and fieldwork in all phases of cave rescue including underground environment, vertical rescue, extrication techniques, medical management, communication systems, and the organization and management of cave rescue operations. Basic and advanced course material is presented for students who typically include cavers, emergency services personnel, and emergency managers.

The seminar provides approximately 100 hours of instruction over eight days. Its classes are physically strenuous and participants must be in good physical health. Students should be prepared to work in difficult situations, both above and below ground.
Orientation to Cave Rescue
June 22-24, 2018

Franklin County Public Safety
Training Center
3075 Molly Pitcher Highway,
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Small Party Assisted Rescue
Bend-Redmond, Oregon
September 19 - September 23, 2018
We are happy to announce an additional custom class to be included at this years National Seminar in Mentone AL.

SPAR-X expanded small-party cave rescue class. No one plans to get hurt while caving, but accidents happen. If an injury occurs in your caving party, can you use the available resources to initiate medical assistance and begin evacuation? This course teaches students how to assist an injured caver without the resources and aid of a full rescue team.
Building upon L1 & L2, students will examine pros and cons of rescuing with smaller groups and minimal equipment. Counter-weighted systems and improvised climbing, haul and lowering systems will be practiced and analyzed using white-board review (math/physics) and physical testing (dynamometers). Gear management and efficient use of resources will be emphasized.
Be prepared to combine brainpower with hands-on physical effort. Enrollment in SPAR-X is limited to 12 students.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Level 2 or higher (i.e. TOFE or L3) taken within the past 4 years. Students should have a strong foundation of the techniques taught in L2 as well as a high level of vertical competency. This course is not a review, and students will begin building on previous skills day 1 of the class.