Four States Search and Rescue is made up of dedicated volunteers who
provide their own dogs, pay all related expenses involved in participating in
search and rescue, and donate many hours per week for training and unit
Search and rescue takes dedication and continuous training. Our canine
teams train weekly, often working as much as 10 hours or more in a single
session. Each search discipline has a set standard of performance that must
be achieved prior to deployment on actual searches and those performances
are monitored continuously by our Evaluation Committee.
On average, it takes around 2 years to train a search dog in each discipline.
The dogs themselves possess unique qualities that make them suitable and
successful in search work. Some dogs are proficient in more than one search
discipline, but most have a particular area of expertise that they excel in.
The majority of Four States Search and Rescue's members have trained
together as a team since March of 2006. Others began their SAR work
together over 10 years ago. The unit strives to involve the entire membership
in all facets of training with the goal of maintaining an effective and proficient
search organization. Benefits include a close working unit involved in and
familiar with the training of each individual canine team, resulting in the ability
to easily rotate members in and out of various search team situations in
Click on the links below to meet our canine teams:
Trailing Team Air Scent Team HRD/Cadaver Team