|Mya indicates she has found the source of the scent.|
Buckeye Search and Rescue Dogs does not self-deploy. This means that if we hear of a situation that may require our services, we do not simply show up on-site. That's a great way to not only alienate the emergency services people, but to also be unneeded, in the way, and possibly even endanger the search operation itself. Depending on the circumstances, we may contact the emergency services personnel in the area to let them know we are available, but we do not mobilize unless specifically requested to by the authority of the on-site Incident Commander.
When the Incident Commander (IC) or his/her designated representative calls our Emergency Number (listed at the top of every page on this web site), the BSARD member will collect as much initial information about the search as possible. She will make a determination based on the search conditions, our personnel available at that time, and any other pertinent variables, whether our team can realistically enhance the probability of bringing the search to a successful conclusion. If that determination is yes, she will coordinate a time and location for us to muster. She will then call out the rest of the team applicable to the situation and we'll meet at the muster site at the designated time. If, on the other hand, the determination is no, she will attempt to direct the IC to other resources as fits the situation, if possible.
As the team arrives at the muster site, the first BSARD member on site will attempt to gather as much additional information as possible. This will include a chronology of the events leading up to the search, a description of and details about the missing person, known conditions and hazards within the search area, and any other pertinent details. This will be passed on to other team members as they arrive. When the team is complete, we are ready to move into the search site on the IC's command.
The team will collectively determine the best plan of operation to raise the Probability of Detection (POD) to as high a level as possible, given the current conditions. Once a plan is established, it will be communicated to the IC for his/her approval or changes. Once approved, the Base Operations Manager (BOM) deploys K9-Handler teams as described by the agreed plan. From that point on the BOM serves as the liaison between the BSARD search teams and the IC staff. He will provide status updates or other information to the IC's staff as requested by the IC. The teams will work according to the plan until the search objective is reached, until conditions dictate a change in plans, or until released by the IC.
Upon completion of BSARD's portion of the search effort, a final report will be issued to the IC. We will pick up after ourselves and collect our gear, and depart the search area.