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Canine Search Specialist Training . Module 11: Program Update and Certification Process. Unit Objective. Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to describe the current DHS/FEMA Canine Search Specialist Certification Process. Enabling Objectives.

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Canine Search Specialist Training

Module 11:

Program Update and Certification Process

unit objective
Unit Objective

Upon completion of this unit, you will be able to describe the current DHS/FEMA Canine Search Specialist Certification Process

enabling objectives
Enabling Objectives
  • Describe how the current canine program evolved
  • Describe the current Canine Search Specialist Certification Process
development of the canine program1
Development of the Canine Program
  • Canine subcommittee formed in early 1990’s

Mission Statement: The mission of the DHS/FEMA Canine Subcommittee is to assist Task Forces in the acquisition, training, certification and maintenance of certified disaster search canine teams as resources for the National US&R Response System.

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Past
  • Evolution—drew from wilderness groups
  • Canine Program left largely to its own devices
  • Volunteers structured and built the program
  • Post OKC—Funding, Standards
  • 2003—Change in Program Office—canine system restructured with funding and support
present
Present
  • Subcommittee composed of 6 members (two from each Region, one is an elected chair)
  • Rotate membership every three years
  • Subcommittee charged with developing, revising, updating and interpreting Certification Process
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1-1-06
  • One certification (former advanced test)
  • All Type II teams expired end of 2008
  • As of 1-1-08, all deployed teams have been tested on multiple piles, multiple victims and distractions
training
Training
  • CSST course
  • Certification Preparation
  • Training Workshops
evaluator program
Evaluator Program
  • Shadow Process (current moratorium)
  • Conference calls
  • Rotation Roster
certification
Certification
  • Mentoring
  • CSST
  • FSA
  • Cert Prep
  • CE
  • Recertification
certification evaluations
Certification Evaluations
  • Current Certification Process allows for funded Tests and Cert Preps
  • Spread evenly across the country
  • Scheduled annually about 6 months in advance
  • Numbers of certifications continue to increase
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FSA
  • Aggression
  • Obedience
  • Bark alert
  • Agility
  • Directionals
  • Rubble search
certification evaluation 2007
Certification Evaluation 2007
  • Two Piles—limited access/full access
  • 4-6 victims—0-4 on full access, at least 1 on limited access
  • One miss allowed
  • Distractions—any/both piles
  • No false alerts
  • 20 minute search time
unit summary
Unit Summary
  • Describe the development of the Canine Search Specialist Certification Process
  • Describe the current process
unit evaluation
Unit Evaluation

Please fill out the evaluation on this unit