As a charitable, educational and literary 501(c)3 organization Forest Field K9 Search & Rescue, Inc.'s members are dedicated to provide you with suggested paths to learning.  Many individuals who pursue a connection with working dogs begin by reading about the dog's breed, history, specialty and training methods.  We welcome you to explore your favorite connections today!







Search and rescue (SAR) is the search for and provision of aid to people who are in distress or imminent danger. The general field of search and rescue includes many specialty sub-fields, typically determined by the type of terrain the search is conducted over. These include mountain rescue; ground search and rescue, including the use of search and rescue dogs; urban search and rescue in cities; combat search and rescue on the battlefield and air-sea rescue over water.

International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) is a UN organization that promotes the exchange of information between national urban search and rescue organizations. The duty to render assistance is covered by  

 Article 98 of the UNCLOS.






North American Police Work Dog Association 

strives to enhance the use of police work dogs by law enforcement agencies through continuing education in the form of local, state, and national workshops, held periodically throughout the year. At the time of organization, it was decided that all Regular Members will be full time or retired law enforcement officers (Federal, Military, State, County, or Municipal) involved with police work dogs. Associate Members would be permitted but with restrictions. Some years later the requirements for Regular Members has been edited to that which is shown below. Associate Members do not have to be law enforcement officers. They must be sponsored each year by a Regular Member and submit a current criminal history check. Additionally, Associate Members do not have any vote in this organization and they may attempt to certify with their dog team only in restricted phases.



The Ohio Federation of K9 Search Teams, Inc.



January 15, 2019/in /

National Association of Search and Rescue

The NASAR Board of Directors recently decided to make the popular child safety program Hug-A-Tree free to SAR teams, agencies, and the public. Mike Vorachek, President of the Board said “Making Hug-A-Tree training materials and videos free is consistent with our mission of advocacy for all SAR responders and our preventative SAR goals for the public in general. By making these materials widely available we hope to enable local SAR responders to engage with their communities and to make the broadest preventative SAR impact possible.” You can view and download the 

Hug-A-Tree materials and videos here 

The Ohio Federation of K9 Search Teams, Inc.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS)

The Ohio Federation of K9 Search Teams, Inc.



The Ohio Federation of K9 

Search Teams, Inc. 

is a non-profit corporation made up of dedicated, trained, unpaid professional search teams and individuals located throughout the State of Ohio.  One of our goals is to ensure that Ohio law enforcement and emergency agencies have access to qualified search dog teams.

The Ohio Federation of K9 Search Teams does this through holding mock searches, hosting continuing education classes and events, and encouraging communication and professionalism in the K9 search community. 

The Ohio EMA

The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS)

The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS)


The Ohio Emergency Management Agency: 


 The Ohio EMA Training and Exercise Section coordinates and conducts the Ohio Emergency Management and Homeland Security Training and Exercise programs. Our audience includes state and local emergency management professionals, first responders, volunteer organizations, private organizations and other partners that are focused on keeping Ohio safe from all hazards, natural or man-made. We also coordinate with other federal and state training providers and are the State Administrative Agency (SAA) point of contact. 

The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS)

The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS)

The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS)



Providing a Helping Hand in Emergencies

 The Ohio Department of Public Safety touches millions of Ohioans with a core mission centered on the principles of safety, service and protection.  We strive to fulfill our mission by preserving the safety and well-being of all citizens with the most cost-effective and service-oriented methods available. 

With its forward-leaning emergency response continuum, the Ohio Department of Public Safety is able to support all its partners through its 24/7 year-round watch office at the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.

In Memory of K9 Hanna © 2004
Certified by N.A.P.W.D.A. 
Obedience, Area Search, Tracking / Trailing


Additional Information

  ASRC Dog Operations 

Aspects of searching with canines and deploying canine teams necessary 

for staff to effectively perform their duties on scene

SARBC Lost Person Behavior Characteristics

Lost Person Behavior Research 

Distance Traveled by Category of Lost Person  Halifax Regional Search & Rescue

Managing the Urban Search

Martin Colwell  Lions Bay Search & Rescue 

Scent Articles 

Kevin and Robin Kocher 

The Suburban Search Process 


When a Child is Missing  

What to do...not do...



Form for organizing info on lost subject


1:24,000 Scale Map Tool


Websites to Visit

Police & Military North American Police Work Dog Association Cleveland Police Department Vietnam dog Handler Association 

Memorial Memories of the Dedications to 

  America’s Forgotten Heroes

Search & Rescue National Association for Search and Rescue The Ohio Federation of K9 Search Teams, Inc. Search and Rescue Society of British Columbia The Ohio Emergency Management Agency 


Books for Beginning, Young & Young Adult Readers

Dog Breath! The Horrible, Terrible Trouble with Hally Tosis 

by Dav Pilkey

Martha Speaks (there are a series of Martha books) 

by Susan Meddaugh

Balto and the Great Race 

by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

The McDuff Stories 

by Rosemary Wells


by James Howe

Because of Winn-Dixie 

by Kate DiCamillo

Lassie Come Home 

by Eric Night



Suggested Reading


Books for Kids 

Crafty Canines; Coyotes, Foxes & Wolves by Phyllis J. Perry

A Dog’s Body by Joanna Cole

The Complete Dog Book for Kids from the American Kennel Club

Your Puppy, Your Dog; A Kid’s Guide to Raising a Happy, Healthy Dog 

by Pat Storer

Adopting Pets: How to Choose Your New Best Friend by Bill Gutman

Ceasar: On Deaf Ears 

by Loren Spiotta-Dimare

Sammy, the Dog Detective 

by Colleen Bare

Police Dogs In Action 

by Clarke Newlon

War Dog Heroes 

by Jeanette Sanderson

Hugger to the Rescue by 

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Search and Rescue Dogs 

by Elizabeth Ring

Buddy, the First Seeing Eye Dog 

by Eva Moore

The Guide Dog Goes to School 

by Elizabeth Simpson Smith

Guide Dogs by Charles and Linda George

Sound Friendships by Elizabeth Yates

Animals Helping with Special Needs 

by Claire Oliver

Rosie; A Visiting Dog’s Story 

by Stephanie Calmerson

Stickeen: John Muir & 

the Brave Little Dog by John Muir

Iditarod Dream by Ted Wood

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

Hero Dogs 100 True Stories of Daring Deeds by Peter C. Jones & Lisa McDonald

Shelter Dogs by Peg Kehret

A Dog’s Best Friend; An activity book about what kids can do with their dogs 

by Lisa Rosenthal


Books by Beverly Cleary



Books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor


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