Handler and K-9 teams certify to nationally-recognized industry standards that are most relevant for the specific discipline(s).
Illinois Search Dogs supports K9 handlers that share a mutual mission and passion to train and certify highly motivated Handler/K-9 teams for the purpose of assisting in the location of lost, buried, or drowned victims during emergencies, including natural and man made disasters. ISD supports the training of handlers and K-9s in multiple disciplines to respond to a variety of public safety and service needs. For example, K9 teams are trained for a variety of emergency response needs, including wilderness area search, water recovery, land cadaver, and scent discrimination trailing. K9 teams are members of McLean County Emergency Management Agency (EMA). As part of McLean County EMA, the K9 teams support an extensive menu of core emergency response services to include:
This comprehensive search and rescue service responds to direct requests and mutual aid requests throughout Illinois and out of state via EMAC. Requesting agencies retain the privilege of identifying specific search and rescue capabilities and resources needed for deployment.