Search and Rescue Organizations
across the country are striving to meet the needs of search managers and law enforcement. New Federal guidelines
are requiring local agencies to form mutual aid agreements with neighboring jurisdictions. Lessons from
large disasters like 911 and Hurricane Katrina have resulted in the need for standardization in all emergency response fields,
including search and rescue dogs. Law Enforcement agencies are dealing with case law issues that
are demanding outside and independent certification of dog resources.
certification- freeing up time and energy that local groups put into evaluations.
Certifications are based on performance and not on the politics that divide some groups.
NIMS compliance is required by the agencies you serve, this reinforces a positive relationship between the SAR
dog organization and those responsible for searches.
compliance allows your organization to be utilized in large-scale disasters.
Professional certification allows for neighboring jurisdictions to understand the capabilities of your dog handlers
and thus get more call-outs.
· SARDUS also strives to provide education
and training for the Professional volunteers that make up the majority of SAR dog handlers.