U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Resource: Canine Search and Rescue Team – Avalanche Snow Air Scent
Category: Search and Rescue (ESF #9)
Kind: Team
Minimum Capabilities (Component) Minimum Capabilities
(Metric)
Type I Type II Type III Type IV Other

Dog Team:
1 Dog
1 Handler
1 Support Person

Search Capabilities

Capable of self-sustaining and searching for 24 hours in extreme weather and terrain conditions through avalanche debris fields

Capable of self-sustaining and searching for 24 hours in snow-covered environments in extreme weather conditions and moderate terrain

N/A
Knowledge and Equipment for Avalanche/Snow Search Dog Teams  

Personal snow travel equipment and gear to
self-sustain for 24 hours; Equipped to include cross-country skis or snow shoes, poles, probe poles, snow shovel, and avalanche beacon; Training, including avalanche safety and winter survival, including building snow cave, First Aid for both human and dog, personal/ dog safety, and radio communications

Personal snow travel equipment and gear to
self-sustain for 24 hours; Equipped to include
cross-country skis or snow shoes, poles, probe poles, snow shovel, and avalanche beacon; Training, including avalanche safety and winter survival, including building snow cave, First Aid for both human and dog, personal/ dog safety, and radio communications

 

N/A

Comments:

Note:  Many of these resources are capable of searching in a disaster environment, such as a wilderness team in outlying areas of a tornado zone, etc. It is critical that canine management personnel, knowledgeable in multiuse of canine resources, are available to Incident Command. This will not necessarily be reflected in this document.



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