Search and Rescue Dogs are only one part of your search team...

Rescue and Recovery

·        Search and rescue dog teams are an integral part of any agencies resource list.

·        Search and Rescue Dog teams are Professional resources used by public safety agencies throughout the world.

·        SAR dog teams are integrated into the Incident Command structure of agencies that routinely look for lost and missing people.

·        Dog Teams work with Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Mountain Rescue, Ski Patrol as well as local, State and National rescue organizations.

·        Professional Dog Teams meet the same type of guidelines that are required of Law Enforcement and Firefighters nationwide by utilizing certification and education standards.


Dog Teams certified by SARDUS meet NIMS typing standards.

Search and Rescue Dog Teams as well as all other emergency response personnel are adapting to the changes required by NIMS.  The result is a more efficient incident command structure and thus a better organized rescue or recovery.  The goal of all rescue agencies is to do what is best for the lost or missing person.


NIMS Typing Standards


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New Federal Requirements for Search and Rescue Dog Teams:

From U.S. Department of Homeland Security:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as required under Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5. NIMS provides the framework for organizations to work together to prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from the entire spectrum of all-hazard events.

One of the primary responsibilities of the National Integration Center (NIC) Incident Management Systems Division is to identify guidelines, protocols and standards that will help emergency responders and managers from all levels of government organize effective responses to emergency incidents and hazards, natural disasters and terrorism.

The National Mutual Aid and Resource Management Initiative supports the National Incident Management System (NIMS) by establishing a comprehensive, integrated national mutual aid and resource management system that provides the basis to type, order, and track all (Federal, State, and local) response assets.

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Agency Membership


Agency Membership brings the following benefits:


Agencies with current SAR dog resources

  • Certify evaluators in your jurisdiction.
  • Certify your current SAR dog resources.
  • Meet NIMS typing standards for SAR dogs.
  • Satisfy evidence standards set by case law for canines.
  • Available training and continued education.

 Agencies with no current SAR dog resources

  • Provide support for developing local resources.
  • Provide training and education.
  • If you need a SAR dog team, we will work to provide you a SARDUS certified resource.
  • Assist is setting mutual aid agreements with SAR organizations that are SARDUS certified.

Or please send all correspondence to:

Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States
46848 Highway 61 PO Box 85 Otis,
Colorado  80743

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