Save the date for the Western Jurisdiction Disaster Response Academy

March 28, 2019 – March 31, 2019

The Disaster Response Academy is a bi-annual Western Jurisdiction event which will be hosted by The Desert Southwest Conference in 2019. We will be offering a wide range of courses for ERT and UMVIM leaders. This event will be held at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.



Click here to sign up for this event.

For more information contact Rev. Fred Heggestad at

Registration, agenda and classes will soon be posted.




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