What about dogs?
HSAR has a K9 Committee with two certified search and rescue dogs. These dogs are are validated by the RCMP and the requirements are demanding, expensive, and time consuming. Annual expenses for the K9 team include vet insurance, equipment, maintenance of our training site/agility course, specialized training, and annual validations. Non-search dogs cannot attend searches, training exercises or meetings. Volunteers interested in becoming K9 handlers or participating in our K9 Committee’s training exercises must first become a qualified searcher by completing HSAR’s basic training modules. Potential SAR dogs and handlers must also have the approval of our Search Director and the K9 Committee Chair. Please note that we are not looking to add to our K9 team at this time.