Donations Welcome

Snow Alley Search and Recovery depends on our donors and sponsors.  Our team members are 100 % volunteer, cover their own travel expenses on call outs and to seminars and purchase our own individual equipment.  Your support helps cover seminar and certification fees and team equipment.  Every donation to Snow Alley Search and Recovery is tax deductible.  Please consider supporting us financially today.

We always have need for nitrile gloves, bottled water, ziploc baggies, balls, tug toys, batteries (AA and AAA) and flashlights.  If you have a donation in kind you can share, please call 816-674-6013.  We appreciate you thinking of us.


Contact Us

Email us at 
info@snowalleysearchandrecovery.org

Callout Numbers for MO & KS
****We only respond at the request of the emergency managing entity. If you need us, be sure to request us through your local Law Enforcement, Fire Department or Emergency Manager.****
In Missouri or Kansas call +1-816-674-6013

Memberships & Associations

NASAR (National Association for Search and Rescue) – nasar.org
CSAR (Canine Search and Recovery) – csar.org
NAPWDA (North American Police Work Dog Association) – napwda.org
SDONA (Search Dog Organization of North America) – sdona.org
AMPWDA (American Mantrailing, Police and Work Dog Association) – ampwda.org
Missouri Search and Rescue Council – mosarc.org
Illinois Search and Rescue Council – illinoissar.org
United Doberman Club – uniteddobermanclub.com
Doberman Pinscher Club of America – dpca.org
Kansas City Doberman Rescue – kcdoberescue.com

Community Outreach & Events

Paws in the Park/Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter:  Snow Alley Search and Recovery joins with Kansas City Doberman Rescue annually at English Landing each fall for a day celebrating dogs and raising funds for the Parkville Animal Shelter.  Snow Alley provides an information tent and educational resources to the public about Dobermans and Search and Rescue.  Look for us at the purple tent and come meet the team members and dogs!

Woofstock:  Each Spring, thousands of dog lovers gather at Zona Rosa in Platte County to participate in a fund raising day for the Northland Animal WelfareSociety.  There are vendors, a 1 mile walk/5K run, prizes and informational booths.  Snow Alley Search and Recovery can be found usually in front of DSW near the Kansas City Doberman Rescue booth.  Come by and meet us!

Midwest Dog Fest:  Snow Alley also participates at the Midwest Dog Fest in Wichita, KS.  Invisible Fence and Chisholm Creek Pet Resort have teamed up to host a benefit for Wichita Animal Action League. Midwest Dog Fest is a social event for dogs and their people. The event allows for exciting off leash play for the dogs, as well as shopping, yoga, silent auction, biergarten, food trucks, canine demonstrations in obedience, Search and Recovery/Police work and other dog sports.

Capabilities & Services

Snow Alley Search and Recovery is certified in Land Search through the Illinois Search and Rescue Council and able to utilize their members in land search for evidence and trail detection.

They are also FEMA Wide Area Search certified for major disaster response due to tornadoes, natural disasters and any large area events

Snow Alley specializes in Human Remains Detection and is certified annually through national organizations on land, water, building searches and automobile searches.

The team attends multiple national training seminars annually and trains twice a week when at home.

All members are 100% volunteer and Snow Alley Search and Recovery was incorporated in 2013 and received 501c3 status approval in Missouri and Federally in early 2015.

All services are available free of charge to the public and must be requested through Law Enforcement, Fire or Emergency Management.

 

Join Us

Snow Alley Search and Recovery (SASAR) requires all members and their dogs to participate in stringent and frequent training exercises. Members and dogs are expected to train weekly, day and/or night, in all weather conditions on their own time and as a team on scheduled bi-weekly trainings. The training exercises should include mock searches with the dogs, indication stations, obedience with positive reinforcement, as well as member training in areas including but not limited to Incident Command System courses, Hazardous Materials handling, evidence Chain of Custody, radio communications, scent theory, canine psychology, CPR and emergency medical training for both the canine and humans, search strategy, clue searches, navigation/compass work and FEMA courses as determined by the team Vice-President of Training and Certification. A current list will be provided to new members. Members should attend trainings in their specialty when available. There is no mistreatment of canines or humans allowed. Members that do not participate in trainings will be inactivated at the Directors’ discretion and per attendance requirements.

There will be a one year probationary period for new members to achieve the needed certifications for themselves and to learn to work with the team. Members may be handlers, flankers, scouts, medical support, navigation, business resources/supply acquisition and other specialties as needed. Canines must have their Canine Good Citizen certification, Advanced Obedience along with their Search specialty certifications and be current on vaccinations (including Kennel Cough and Flu) before deployment.  Handlers and Field Support need to be up to date on vaccinations and their background check and have completed all of the appropriate requirements.

SASAR operates on a total team philosophy and we support each other, train together and are committed to our altruistic goal of being the best we can possibly be in support of our Law Enforcement, Fire, and Emergency Manager requested missions. We do not ever self-deploy. We will not tolerate bickering and expect the time invested in our members to be respected and appreciated. Any issues within the team must be brought to a trustee or board member immediately.

Our team participates in several annual trainings out of state and SASAR will assist with fees when possible and if funds are available but there is a financial commitment on your part. As we are a 501(c)(3) Corporation, we are able to have some fund raising opportunities to help offset some of our costs but you will be expected to participate to receive support.

Each team member will be responsible for their own equipment purchases and expenses. This can include collars, kennels, and leashes, health certificates and vaccinations for the canines, educational fees, backpacks, go-bags, Personal Protection Equipment/clothing, flashlights, compass/navigational equipment, uniforms and more. Each new member must agree to a Federal background check that is run annually. You will be responsible for providing the team with a copy of your driver’s license, current vehicle insurance proof and vaccination records for you and your canine. You are also required to be current or in the process of vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B and Tetanus.

It is strongly recommended that you consider the rigors and environments in which we work with our canines and strive to be in good physical health and fitness and of solid and stable mental health. We are responsible to and for each other and do not want a member to become a liability to the search. The Vice-President of Training and Certification will clarify the guidelines concerning physical capabilities.

Positions
Command Staff, Communications, Medical team, Animal medical team, Dispatcher, Administration, Field Support, Canine handlers, Public relations, Logistics, Event planning, Fund Raising

Application

Search Dogs of the Past

Retired
Gracie – CGC, MISAR HRD

Gracie was a rescue adopted from Kansas City Doberman Rescue that showed aptitude at seven months for search work.  She received her Canine Good Citizen and certified through Michigan Search and Rescue in Human Remains Detection.  She was nominated in 2014 for Doberman Pinscher Club of America’s Judith Fellton Memorial Award for outstanding achievements by a rescued Doberman and is a Kansas City Doberman Rescue Ambassador.  Gracie was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy in 2016 and retired to couch potato status.  She still enjoys working short problems at home.

Learn More

Recommended Reading
Fundamentals of Search and Rescue, NASAR
The AARL Ham Radio License Manual, AARL
Lost Person Behavior, Robert J. Koester
Analysis of Lost Person Behavior, William Syrotuck
Lost Person Behavior – Practical Map Exercises, William Syrotuck
Wilderness Navigation, Bob Burns
Lost in the Wild, Cary Griffith
Bringing Jon Home: The Wilderness Search for Jon Francis by David Francis

Recommended Reading for Canine Handlers
First Aid for the Search and Rescue Canine, Karen Dashfield, DVM
How to Listen to Your Dog, Carlotta Cooper
Canine Ergonomics – The Science of Working Dogs, William S. Helton
Training the Search and Rescue Dog for Wilderness Air Scent, Christy Judah
Scent and the Scenting Dog, William Syrotuck
Tracking, Signs of Man, Signs of Hope: A Systemic Approach, David Diaz
Water Search- Search and Rescue Dogs Finding Drowned Persons, Christy Judah
Training the Disaster Search Dog, Shirley Hammond
Search and Rescue Dogs – Training the K9 Hero, American Rescue Dog Association

Recommended Reading for Human Remains Detection Handlers
Buzzards and Butterflies: Human Remains Detection Dogs, J.C. Judah

Team Member Requirements

Search and Rescue is not a hobby. It is a serious commitment to a very busy lifestyle. You need to understand the time commitment and costs involved to make a decision to join. Team members are responsible for their own equipment and transportation to both training and callouts. We train often and travel often.
Operational members must be at least eighteen years of age, have successfully applied to and completed the operational level requirements and are in good standing with the team.
Trainee members must be at least eighteen years of age and are actively working toward meeting the operation or support level requirements and are in good standing with the team.

Certifications Required of All Members
FEMA ICS-100
FEMA ICS-200.b
FEMA ICS 700.a
FEMA ICS 800.b
CPR for the Professional Responder
Adult/Child Emergency First Aid
Hazardous Materials Handling
Chain of Custody Procedures
Bloodborne Pathogens
Crime Scene Preservation
Required Annual Federal Background Check Pass

Additional Certifications for Canine Handlers
Canine Advanced Obedience
AKC Canine Good Citizen or Canine Good Citizen Advanced
Current Vaccination Records
Animal Emergency First Aid
National Certification Annually with one of the following:
North American Police Work Dog Association
American Mantrailing, Police, and Work Dog Association
International Police Work Dog Association
National Association of Search and Rescue: Canine

Recommended Additional Certifications
FEMA ICS 701.a
FEMA ICS 901
FEMA ICS 907
FEMA/SEMA Wide Area Search
ILSARC Ground Search
NASAR Sartech II
Local Sheriff’s Citizen Academy
Participation in local area CERT
AARL license

Sponsors & Support

501c3 donations for team members and individuals.

Blair Doon Veterinary Hospital, Inc.
10804 E. 31st Street South, Wichita, KS 67210
blairdoonvethospitalinc.vetsourcecms.com

Chisolm Creek Pet Resort
6260 N. Hillside Street, Wichita, KS 67219
chisolmcreekpetresort.com

Crossroads Animal Hospital
1151 Orchard Avenue, Liberty, MO 64068
crossroadsanimalofliberty.vetstreet.com

Proact Marketing Group, Inc.
107 E 18th St, North Kansas City, MO 64116
proactgroup.com

The Paw Zone
1501 Mellwood Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206
thepawzone.net

About Us

Our Team
Lori – Clair

Lori has been in Search and Rescue since 2011, starting with ILSARC Ground Search, FEMA Wide Area Search, North Kansas City Police CERT, and adding Clair in 2013 to work in Human Remains Detection.  Clair is a First Stryk Doberman and has her Canine Good Citizen and is certified in Human Remains Detection through the North American Police Work Dog Association, Snow Alley Search and Recovery, and Michigan Search and Rescue.  She will renew her certification spring of 2018 with the American Mantrailing, Police and Work Dog Association.   She will also be taking her CGCA (Advanced Canine Good Citizen spring of 2018.

Paul – Benelli & Gracie

Paul started in Search and Rescue in 2011 through North Kansas City Police CERT Team.  He has certifications through FEMA in Wide Area Search and ILSARC for Ground Search.  He has retired his first canine Gracie and is currently working a Beja Doberman pup named Benelli.  Benelli will certify in Human Remains Detection fall of 2018.

Debbie – Baxter

Debbie has been a member of Snow Alley Search and Recovery for five years.  She is active in in ARES/ARRL and member of several area CERT teams.  She is certified through FEMA in Wide Area Search and ILSARC for Ground Search and SASAR Ground Support.  She is in charge of communications and ground support personnel. Debbie is a Registered Nurse and provides medical support.  She keeps the team organized and on task.

Our Dogs
Certified/Mission Ready
Clair – CGC, NAPWDA Obedience, NAPWDA Human Remains Detection, SASAR HRD, MISAR HRD

In training

Benelli – MISAR Level II, SASAR Level II, Training in HRD

Capabilities & Services

Snow Alley Search and Recovery is certified in Land Search through the Illinois Search and Rescue Council and able to utilize their members in land search for evidence and trail detection.

They are also FEMA Wide Area Search certified for major disaster response due to tornadoes, natural disasters and any large area events

Snow Alley specializes in Human Remains Detection and is certified annually through national organizations on land, water, building searches and automobile searches.

The team attends multiple national training seminars annually and trains twice a week when at home.

All members are 100% volunteer and Snow Alley Search and Recovery was incorporated in 2013 and received 501c3 status approval in Missouri and Federally in early 2015.

All services are available free of charge to the public and must be requested through Law Enforcement, Fire or Emergency Management.

 

Contact Us

Email us at 
info@snowalleysearchandrecovery.org

Callout Numbers for MO & KS
****We only respond at the request of the emergency managing entity. If you need us, be sure to request us through your local Law Enforcement, Fire Department or Emergency Manager.****
In Missouri or Kansas call +1-816-674-6013

Join Us

Snow Alley Search and Recovery (SASAR) requires all members and their dogs to participate in stringent and frequent training exercises. Members and dogs are expected to train weekly, day and/or night, in all weather conditions on their own time and as a team on scheduled bi-weekly trainings. The training exercises should include mock searches with the dogs, indication stations, obedience with positive reinforcement, as well as member training in areas including but not limited to Incident Command System courses, Hazardous Materials handling, evidence Chain of Custody, radio communications, scent theory, canine psychology, CPR and emergency medical training for both the canine and humans, search strategy, clue searches, navigation/compass work and FEMA courses as determined by the team Vice-President of Training and Certification. A current list will be provided to new members. Members should attend trainings in their specialty when available. There is no mistreatment of canines or humans allowed. Members that do not participate in trainings will be inactivated at the Directors’ discretion and per attendance requirements.

There will be a one year probationary period for new members to achieve the needed certifications for themselves and to learn to work with the team. Members may be handlers, flankers, scouts, medical support, navigation, business resources/supply acquisition and other specialties as needed. Canines must have their Canine Good Citizen certification, Advanced Obedience along with their Search specialty certifications and be current on vaccinations (including Kennel Cough and Flu) before deployment.  Handlers and Field Support need to be up to date on vaccinations and their background check and have completed all of the appropriate requirements.

SASAR operates on a total team philosophy and we support each other, train together and are committed to our altruistic goal of being the best we can possibly be in support of our Law Enforcement, Fire, and Emergency Manager requested missions. We do not ever self-deploy. We will not tolerate bickering and expect the time invested in our members to be respected and appreciated. Any issues within the team must be brought to a trustee or board member immediately.

Our team participates in several annual trainings out of state and SASAR will assist with fees when possible and if funds are available but there is a financial commitment on your part. As we are a 501(c)(3) Corporation, we are able to have some fund raising opportunities to help offset some of our costs but you will be expected to participate to receive support.

Each team member will be responsible for their own equipment purchases and expenses. This can include collars, kennels, and leashes, health certificates and vaccinations for the canines, educational fees, backpacks, go-bags, Personal Protection Equipment/clothing, flashlights, compass/navigational equipment, uniforms and more. Each new member must agree to a Federal background check that is run annually. You will be responsible for providing the team with a copy of your driver’s license, current vehicle insurance proof and vaccination records for you and your canine. You are also required to be current or in the process of vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B and Tetanus.

It is strongly recommended that you consider the rigors and environments in which we work with our canines and strive to be in good physical health and fitness and of solid and stable mental health. We are responsible to and for each other and do not want a member to become a liability to the search. The Vice-President of Training and Certification will clarify the guidelines concerning physical capabilities.

Positions
Command Staff, Communications, Medical team, Animal medical team, Dispatcher, Administration, Field Support, Canine handlers, Public relations, Logistics, Event planning, Fund Raising

Application