Before anyone asks
SARDA England has a different set of requirements for their SAR dog handlers
Before SARDA England will accept anyone wishing to train their dog to become a Search Dog, they must have been on the callout list of a
recognised Mountain Rescue or Search and Rescue Team for a minimum of one year, have obtained a letter of support from their team and have bodied on
National and Local training courses.
That is super cool. Would love to train dogs for that in the near future.
But it is not all fun and games as I'm sure you know.
I've never talked to actual SAR dog folk, but mentioned putting my border collie into that to my father. He is FEMA and my brother urban search and
rescue guy. Was told at least during training the dog cannot be inside your house. cannot be treated as a pet.
Second hand info for certain, but if true, it has to be looked at as a job, and hard for some of us not to treat a dog as a family member.
Still could be an excellent way for people to contribute that may not otherwise be able too
I couldn't tell you about the dog training part... as I said above I'm more the 'hump a heavy pack of communications gear' (Repeaters) into places
most sane folks stay away from. so I'm not the guy to ask about that part of it.
But check out the links, make some calls, maybe visit a training event yourself. Then it's not second hand info and you can make up your mind if
it's something you'd like to pursue?
I work with State Troopers in the Search and Rescue teams in the Kenai Peninsula Area. I haven't lately due to work an a very busy schedule. But
know many other family and friends that participate, some classes are free, others you pay for at UAA or KCC.
We look for missing persons, avalanche victims in the Pass, stranded campers/hikers.
For those of you who don't know... An "Elmer" is what we call and experienced Amateur Radio Operator who helps people like me learn and study for the
exams. Right now their--- a husband/wife team--- are trying to learn me enough to pass my "Extra Class"
Susan BTW is very good at looking me right in the eyes and saying,
"Good lord, the boy can be taught?"
Does wonders for my self-confidence ya know.
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