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

Resource: Canine Search and Rescue Team – Water 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 working swiftwater/stillwater environments; Trained and equipped to perform search ops on foot and from any type of watercraft

Capable of working stillwater environments; Trained and equipped to perform search ops on foot and from any type of watercraft

Capable of working swiftwater and stillwater ops from shore only

Capable of working swiftwater ops from shore only

Capable of working stillwater ops from shore only

Type VI

Capable of working salt-water and very large fresh water environments from both boat and shore

Type VII

Capable of working salt-water and very large fresh water environments from shore only

 
Knowledge and Equipment for Water Search Dog Teams  

Type I, III, IV, VI, VII

Water Helmet; Class V Water Vest; Throw Rope; Swiftwater lifesaving skills; Knowledge of water rescue and boat operations; First Aid for both human and dog; Personal/dog safety; Radio communications

Type II, V

Water Helmet; Class III-V Water Vest; Throw Rope; Stillwater lifesaving skills; Knowledge of water rescue operations in stillwater environment; First Aid for both human and dog; Personal/dog safety; Radio communications equipment

     

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.



National Mutual Aid & Resource Management Initiative
Search and Rescue