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TEXAS SEARCH
AND RESCUE
for the
Travis County Kennel Club
November 17, 2015
"Committing to service-above-
self, perpetual training, and
inter-agency cooperation to
maintain a constant state of
readi...
• Established in May, 2005
• Former: United States Homeland
Emergency Response Organization
• All volunteer (180 core volu...
The National Incident Management
System (NIMS) is a standardized
approach to incident management
developed by the Departme...
• Deployed only by the Governor of
Texas; local, state and federal law
enforcement; and relief
organizations
• No charge t...
• Team Capabilities
– Search and Rescue
– K-9 Search and Recovery
– Incident Management
– Technical Rope Rescue
– Flood an...
• Disaster Relief (including Hurricanes
Katrina, Rita, Ike and Isaac)
• Central Texas Floods
• Large Event Safety and Supp...
• Incident Command
• Logistics
• Planning
• Finance
• Operations
• Fundraising
• Firefighting
• Ground Search and Rescue
•...
• Integrity and Responsibility (ethics)
• Fiscal Accountability (public trust)
• Teamwork (mutual respect, diversity,
open...
“One well-trained canine can be more
effective than 6 human search and
rescue professionals. Dogs experience
the world thr...
• Nationally certified
(canine/handler teams are
recertified every 2 years for live
find , yearly for human remains
detect...
• Portability and flexibility – K-9s can
be used in:
– Rubble
– Large tracts of land
– Water
– To find cold case remains
•...
• TEXSAR Suitability Evaluation
• Dogs must have “balance of
drives”
– Social (interact with a
group of dogs or people)
– ...
• Nerve strength
– “Canine’s ability to deal with
or adapt to stress-producing
environmental stimuli”
• Reward system (pos...
• Belgian Malinois
• Border Collie
• German Shepherd
• Golden Retriever
• Labrador Retriever
COMMONLY
SUCCESSFUL
BREEDS
“Certification includes proper
command control, agility skills, a
focused bark alert to indicate a live
find, and a willin...
“In the most basic terms, the
search dog handler must support
the search dog at all times on a
search and place the dog in...
THANK YOU!
TEXSAR INFORMATION:
CAROLYN.APPLETON@TEXSAR.ORG
OR
KAREN.KNOX@TEXSAR.ORG
TEXSAR K-9 TEAM LEADER:
BEN.ALEXANDER@...
P.O. Box 171258
Austin, Texas 78717
www.texsar.org
• A Slice in Time (Golden Retrievers:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/122619378/4-dog-puppy-
golden-retriever-dogs)
• Carolyn...
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This PowerPoint about TEXSAR was created specifically for the Travis County Kennel Club in Austin, Texas, but it provides a great deal of good general information about TEXSAR as well. You will find the TEXSAR website via this link: http://www.texsar.org/. TEXSAR also has a new SlideShare page where this is also posted: http://www.slideshare.net/texsar.

For more regarding the scope of Carolyn's work for TEXSAR and elsewhere specifically, see: https://carolynmappletoninc.wordpress.com/. Thank you!

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Texas Search and Rescue PowerPoint

  1. 1. TEXAS SEARCH AND RESCUE for the Travis County Kennel Club November 17, 2015
  2. 2. "Committing to service-above- self, perpetual training, and inter-agency cooperation to maintain a constant state of readiness for search, rescue, incident response and above all else, safety." TEXSAR MISSION
  3. 3. • Established in May, 2005 • Former: United States Homeland Emergency Response Organization • All volunteer (180 core volunteers) • Year-round training (volunteers must attend 50% of annual sessions) • Volunteers must undergo background checks and complete basic training from National Incident Management System (NIMS) before deployment FACTS
  4. 4. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a standardized approach to incident management developed by the Department of Homeland Security. The program was established in March of 2004, and is intended to facilitate coordination between all responders (including all levels of government with public, private, and nongovernmental organizations). NIMS
  5. 5. • Deployed only by the Governor of Texas; local, state and federal law enforcement; and relief organizations • No charge to those requesting TEXSAR’s assistance • Teams currently based in Central Texas (hub); Gulf Coast; North Texas and West Texas • Volunteers being recruited all the time – consider joining today! FACTS
  6. 6. • Team Capabilities – Search and Rescue – K-9 Search and Recovery – Incident Management – Technical Rope Rescue – Flood and Swift Water Rescue – Wildland Fire – Disaster Recovery and Relief – Field Rehab and Resources • Partnering Assets – Dive and Water Recovery – Medical Deployment
  7. 7. • Disaster Relief (including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Isaac) • Central Texas Floods • Large Event Safety and Support • Missing Person Searches • Support/Rehab for Central Texas Fires • Victim Extractions and First Aid • Air Search Operations • Canine Searches • Water Searches • Shelter Operations • Community Service and Education WHAT TEXSAR HAS DONE
  8. 8. • Incident Command • Logistics • Planning • Finance • Operations • Fundraising • Firefighting • Ground Search and Rescue • High Angle Rescue • Swift Water Rescue • Rescue Diver • Boat Operator • K-9 Handler • K-9 Flanker • Physicians and/or Nurses • Paramedic • Legal Advisors • Meteorologists • Crime Scene Preservation • Communication Protocols • CPR and First Aid • Fire Behavior • GIS Specialists • Linguist/Translators • HAZMAT • Helicopter Pilot • Landing Zone Management • Lost Person Behavior • Mantracking • Wilderness Navigation • Fundraising • Public Relations • Social Media Ninjas • Network Techs • Film and Photographers Volunteers Sought
  9. 9. • Integrity and Responsibility (ethics) • Fiscal Accountability (public trust) • Teamwork (mutual respect, diversity, open communication) • Excellence (highest quality service delivery) • Training (constant training and readiness) • Operations (meeting or exceeding expectations while ensuring safety for all) TEXSAR CORE VALUES
  10. 10. “One well-trained canine can be more effective than 6 human search and rescue professionals. Dogs experience the world through their noses. With some 200 million scent receptors (humans have only 5 million), dogs can find graves that are several years old. Though canines are not a silver bullet, in appropriate searches, TEXSAR canines provide an excellent tool to find the missing.” DR. BEN ALEXANDER OF TEXSAR
  11. 11. • Nationally certified (canine/handler teams are recertified every 2 years for live find , yearly for human remains detection) • Trailing dogs – 2 teams (urban and wilderness) • Wilderness search – 3 teams (40 acres and larger) • Cadaver – 12 teams (land and water) TEXSAR K-9 PROGRAM
  12. 12. • Portability and flexibility – K-9s can be used in: – Rubble – Large tracts of land – Water – To find cold case remains • Acuity: – Differentiate between animal and human – 1 ppt sensitivity (parts per trillion) K-9 BENEFITS
  13. 13. • TEXSAR Suitability Evaluation • Dogs must have “balance of drives” – Social (interact with a group of dogs or people) – Prey (chase or capture) – Play (toy) – Hunt (use nose when prey not visible) TEXSAR K-9S
  14. 14. • Nerve strength – “Canine’s ability to deal with or adapt to stress-producing environmental stimuli” • Reward system (positive reinforcement) • Must be under 3 years of age TEXSAR K-9 TRAITS
  15. 15. • Belgian Malinois • Border Collie • German Shepherd • Golden Retriever • Labrador Retriever COMMONLY SUCCESSFUL BREEDS
  16. 16. “Certification includes proper command control, agility skills, a focused bark alert to indicate a live find, and a willingness to persist to search for live victims in spite of possible extreme temperatures and animal, food and noise distractions. The canine must also be confident enough to search independently and must be able to negotiate slippery surfaces, balance wobbly objects underneath his feet and go through dark tunnels.” FEMA & TEXSAR STANDARDS
  17. 17. “In the most basic terms, the search dog handler must support the search dog at all times on a search and place the dog in the most likely position to succeed.” Angela Eaton Snovack Barron’s Guide to Search and Rescue Dogs K-9 HANDLERS
  18. 18. THANK YOU! TEXSAR INFORMATION: CAROLYN.APPLETON@TEXSAR.ORG OR KAREN.KNOX@TEXSAR.ORG TEXSAR K-9 TEAM LEADER: BEN.ALEXANDER@TEXSAR.ORG
  19. 19. P.O. Box 171258 Austin, Texas 78717 www.texsar.org
  20. 20. • A Slice in Time (Golden Retrievers: https://www.etsy.com/listing/122619378/4-dog-puppy- golden-retriever-dogs) • Carolyn M. Appleton, Inc. (https://carolynmappletoninc.wordpress.com/) • Dr. Ben Alexander (http://www.texsar.org/2014/03/20/ben-alexander/) • Grand Rapids Golden Retriever Examiner (Labrador Retriever: http://www.examiner.com/article/search- rescue-so-that-others-may-live) • Navy Seals (Belgian Malinois: http://navyseals.com/2163/the-dogs-of-the-navy-seals/) • The Virginian-Pilot (German Shepherd: http://www.pilotonline.com/) • Christopher Vu (TEXSAR search imagery: http://www.christophergandinle.com/about/) Other images provided by the Department of Homeland Security, GuideStar, State of Texas and TEXSAR POWERPOINT BY CAROLYN M. APPLETON IMAGE CREDITS:

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