Search & Rescue (SAR)

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management State Search and Rescue Committee

Minimum Requirement For State Canine Call Out

Canine search teams and handlers must be recognized by the State Search and Rescue Committee as having met the following approved minimum standards.  These minimum standards must be met within 24 months of funding application in order to continue to receive funding for USAR efforts.

Introduction
In 2011, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) organized a committee of search and rescue professionals throughout the State to assist in the coordination and standardization for both Urban and Wilderness Search and Rescue (SAR) within Arkansas. The committee consists of State and Local representatives with a wide variety of Search and Rescue experience.  The Deputy Director of ADEM serves as the Chair of the committee.  The committee is divided into two SAR sub-committees: Urban Search and Rescue; and Wilderness Search and Rescue.  The canine component for both areas is a priority and to ensure coordination between handlers and SAR, a State K9 Coordinator is also represented on the committee.
The committee meets on a monthly quarterly basis and strives to utilize expertise throughout the SAR community to establish a standardized, interoperable and coordinated approach to Search and Rescue in Arkansas; therefore, helping to ensure the safety of citizens throughout the state.

Purpose
To ensure qualified and credible Canine SAR response, the committee has established minimum requirements for both the Handler and the canine.  To the extent possible, the committee strives to use existing standards set forth by multiple nationally recognized certification programs.  The requirements set forth in this document reflect such standards.
As required by the State Search and Rescue Committee, for a Handler and Canine to be represented on the State K9 Resource Call Out list, they must meet, at a minimum, the requirements outlined in this document.  Required certifications and trainings must be current and on file with the State K9 Coordinator.  Once determined that the minimum requirements have been met, the Handler and Canine will be represented on a State K9 Resource Call Out list.  When a request for a K9 team is called into ADEM, the State K9 Coordinator and ADEM staff will determine availability, expertise and subsequent notification for deployment based on the State K9 Resource Call Out list.

Minimum Requirements

Wilderness SAR (Canine):

  • Canine Specialties – Area Search Live Find; Area Search Scent Discriminating; Scent Discriminating Man Trailer; Land Human Remains Detection (HRD); Water HRD;
  • Minimum age of Canine: 12 months

Canine must be:

  • Certified through an AKC Canine Good Citizen Course; and
  • Certified to the minimum standards of at least one of the following Nationally Accepted Canine Organizations:

National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR); International Police Work Dog Association;  North American Police Work Dog Association; National Search Dog Alliance (NSDA); Alliance for Emergency Response Examiners and Instructors (AERIE); American Rescue Dog Association; Search & Rescue Dogs of the United States;  National Police Bloodhound Association

Wilderness SAR (Handler):

Handler must have completed the following:

  • Hazardous Materials Awareness Level (Minimum)
  • Blood Borne Pathogens Training that meets or exceeds 29 CFR 1910
  • National Incident Command System Courses
    • 100, 200; 700; 800; 809 (Minimum)
    • 300 & 400 (Recommended)
    • Current CPR Certification (Nationally Approved)
    • Current American Red Cross Equivalent Basic First Aid Course or higher medical training
    • Crime Scene Preservation Course
    • SAR Tech II certification or equivalent

Disaster SAR (Canine):

  • Canine Specialties – Live Find; Human Remains Detection
  • Minimum of 18 months old

Canine must be:

  • Certified to minimum of at least one of the following Nationally accepted Disaster Certification Organization:

NASAR; AERIE; State Urban Search and Rescue (SUSAR); FEMA Disaster Dog Type I Certification

Disaster SAR (Handler):

Handler must have completed the following:

  • Hazardous Materials Awareness Level Course (Minimum)
  • Blood Borne Pathogens Training (must meet or exceed 29 CFR 1910)
  • National Incident Command System Courses
    • 100, 200, 700, 800, 809 (Minimum)
    • 300 & 400 (Recommended)
  • Current CPR Certification (Nationally Approved)
  • Current American Red Cross Equivalent Basic First Aid Course or higher medical training
  • Crime Scene Preservation Course
  • SAR Tech II certification or equivalent

State Urban Search and Rescue TF 1:
To be considered for State Call Out for a State Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), the Canine and Handler must:

  • Meet the minimum certifications mandated by SUSAR Type II
  • Be a current member of at least one of the State identified USAR teams

Disaster USAR (Handler):

A Disaster USAR Handler must have completed the following:

  • Hazardous Materials Awareness Level Course (Minimum)
  • Blood Borne Pathogens Training (Must meet or exceed 29 CFR 1910)
  • National Incident Command System Courses
    • 100, 200; 700; 800; 809 (Minimum)
    • 300 & 400 (Recommended)
  • Current CPR Certification (Nationally Approved)
  • Current American Red Cross Equivalent Basic First Aid Course or higher medical training
  • Crime Scene Preservation Course
  • SAR Tech II certification or equivalent

General Guidelines

  • All required documents and certifications will be maintained by the State SAR K9 Coordinator
  • Handlers must submit the required information to the State SAR K9 Coordinator
  • All certifications and training must be current
  • State K9 Coordinator will ensure that Handlers and Canines meet the requirements set forth by the State SAR Committee and detailed in this document
  • State K9 Coordinator will compile a State K9 Resource Call Out list of the above mentioned Handlers and Canines
  • Handlers/Canines may be members of multiple response/SAR teams or be independent of an organized team; however, it will be the responsibility of the Handler to coordinate availability with the State SAR K9 Coordinator.
  • Only those identified on the list will be utilized for Canine Search and Rescue Call Out through ADEM
  • Handlers/Canines will only be requested for call out within their perspective discipline/training

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