Activation starts with a call from the AHJ. 6-10 certified canine teams are on the road within 15 minutes of call out. This initial response gives search management the opportunity to search the first 1/2 mile of land surrounding the PLS (point last seen) within 4-6 hours managing a small number of trained resources.

At every search, a senior handler acts as OL (operational leader). Together with search management, the OL assigns teams based on the terrain and subject profile. The communications officer is the main conduit for the two-way flow  of critical information using mapping software and live GPS technology.

Since 1998, NEK9 and UVWRT Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team have continued to develop a highly successful, cooperative training and deployment relationship providing ground support for handlers.

All services are provided free to law enforcement and to the families of those who are lost or missing.