Most of the members of Buckeye Search and Rescue Dogs have many years experience training and working in search and rescue. During that period, team members have responded to . . .
Buckeye Search and Rescue Dogs is a non-jurisdictional all-volunteer team, and therefore is available to respond to a search anywhere. Our members have performed and/or assisted in searches in . . .
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BSARD trains as a complete unit twice every month in all weather conditions (except active lightning) and on as many varieties of terrain as we can in our working area. This includes rural forest and fields, hills and valleys, streams, lakes, urban, suburban, and collapsed structure settings. We train under as many diverse conditions as possible.
A typical training session may have a simulation scenario that is previously set up and worked as if it were an active deployment. In addition to the simulation, dogs and handlers work specific exercises designed to enhance and broaden their experience. Training sessions end with a self-critique debriefing and feed-forward meeting. Many sessions are preceded or followed by supplemental training in first aid (for people and dogs), compass and map reading, GPS usage, search protocols, first aid for dogs and wilderness survival. Guest speakers and groups are sometimes brought in.
In addition to the regular team training, individual team members and their canine partners train on their own as frequently as they can. Team members also attend regional and national seminars on a variety of topics focused on expanding our knowledge of search and rescue.
At least once each year the whole team participates in a multi-day immersion training session with expert instructors brought in. We will find a camp or similar facility whre we can practice during the day and hold workshops in the evening. In addition to the excellent training opportunities and differing points of view of the outside instructor, we've also found it to be a fantastic team building exercise, fostering further trust and cooperation among our members.
Handler-K9 teams are expected to focus their training with a view toward being certified in their chosen discipline(s) by an external accreditation organization. As of February 2013, 75% of BSARD's teams had at least one current or past certification in at least one of their discipline(s).
Teams can be certified by any of these organizations:
In addition, also as of February 2013, 64% of our human team members had attained at least a NASAR SARTECH III or better certification.