Who We Work With
New England K-9 SAR must be activated for searches by law enforcement,. These are the agencies we work for in our primary service area:
- New Hampshire (entire state) – working for NH Department of Fish & Game, Law Enforcement Division.
- Vermont (entire state) – working for the Search and Rescue Team of the Vermont State Police.
- Western Maine - On an as needed basis when Maine Warden Service of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife needs additional search dog teams to support Maine Search & Rescue Dogs (MESARD).
What Happens When We Are Called?
For most searches, we’ll be able to send 6-10 certified airscent dog/handler teams. Many teams will be on the road within 15 minutes of our callout. This initial response gives search management the opportunity to search the first 1/2 mile of land surrounding the point last seen within 4-6 hours and they’ll only be managing a small number of trained resources.
At every search, one of our senior handlers acts as OL (operational leader) for the unit. Together with search management, the OL will assign our teams based on the terrain and type of search situation. We also provide our own communications base operations (1-3 radio operators) with mapping software and GPS technology for precise placement of teams in the field and for recording and analyzing coverage of areas searched.
Additionally, when NEK-9 SAR is activated for a search, we bring in field assistants and ground search/wilderness medical support from the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team. Since 1998, NEK-9 SAR and UVWRT have formed a highly successful cooperative training and deployment relationship designed to provide ground search support for navigating with dog/handler teams while searching, and then taking medical control of any found subjects.All of our services are provided FREE to law enforcement and the families of those who are lost or missing.
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