Standards & Certification
USAR search dogs are certified for operational deployment by a combination of Civilian and Police Dog Section appointed assessors.
The standards were last reviewed and updated in 2009 in consultation with our key stakeholders, reflecting introduction of the National Training Programme, assessment best practice and the need for a standard which is realistic.
NZ currently has two levels of certification Operational and Advanced Operational.
TRAINING A USAR SEARCH DOG
USAR Search Dog handlers in New Zealand are all volunteers. They come from all sorts of backgrounds, from firefighters to computer programmers. What they share is basic fitness, the ability to work in a team, the desire to serve the wider community and a dedication to the development of USAR Search Dogs.read more
The NZ USAR Search Dog Association is an Incorportated Society. The Association has a Management Committee chosen from its members with a President taking the lead role.An Association Coordinator runs the USAR SDA day to day and it is the first point of contact for enquiries.Please see the Committee and Contacts section.
MEET THE TEAMS
The Teams are split between 3 regions of New Zealand - Northern, Central and Southern. Read about our current and past handlers and search dogs.read more