Canine Human Remains (HRD) Land

It is strongly recommended that handlers obtain a national fingerprint background check prior to taking these tests.
 
Canine Human Remains Detection Land Type III (Non-Disaster Operations): This is a Human Remains Detection examination and certification with a material source of between 5 and 14 grams inclusive. This examination consists of 6 search stations. These stations are elevated, surface, buried, blank, building, and vehicles. This examination meets or exceeds the criteria of FEMA 508-8 Typed Resource Definitions Search and Rescue Resources 11/14/2005.
 
Canine Human Remains Detection Land Type IV (Non-Disaster Operations): This is a Human Remains Detection examination and certification with a material source of between 5 and 14 grams inclusive. This examination is comprised of 4 search stations. These stations are elevated, surface, blank, and buried. This examination meets or exceeds the criteria of FEMA 508-8 Typed Resource Definitions Search and Rescue Resources 11/14/2005.
 
Canine Human Remains Detection Land Type Other (Non-Disaster Operations): This is a Human Remains Detection examination and certification with a material source of 30 grams or above. This examination is comprised of 4 search stations. These stations are elevated, surface, blank, and buried. This examination meets or exceeds the criteria of FEMA 508-8 Typed Resource Definitions Search and Rescue Resources 11/14/2005.
 
 
Individual Practical Stations:
  • Surface Station The handler has 30 minutes to complete this station.
  • Buried Station The handler has 30 minutes to complete this station, buried 6-24 inches, 4 false holes
  • Elevated Station The handler has 30 minutes to complete this station. Elevated 5-6 feet.
  • Vehicle Search Station The handler has 12 minutes to complete this station. (only in Type III)
  • Blank Station The handler has 30 minutes to complete this station.
Clarification on Field Station Retesting
 
If a candidate fails two (2) field stations, the test will be stopped and the candidate will receive a fail. All field stations must be retested.
 
If at any point the candidate fails the blank station, the test will be stopped and the candidate will receive a fail. When retesting, all field stations must be retested.
 
If a candidate calls a buried, surface or elevated station as the blank station, but does not does not fail the blank station, when retesting the failed station the candidate must also so repeat the blank station. For example: A candidate fails to locate the buried source and informs the evaluator the area is clear or blank. The candidate fails the buried station. The candidate proceeds to the blank station and the candidate correctly calls this station as clear or blank. When retesting they must successfully complete both the buried and the blank stations upon retesting.
 
Testing Criteria for the Canine Human Remains Detection (HRD) Land Search Dog:
 
Handler Skills
Is the handler adequately attired and equipped? 
Did the handler develop the appropriate strategy based on information acquired?
Did the handler articulate the dogs alerts/indications prior to entering the field?
Did the handler interpret the dogs alerts/indications while out in the field?
Did the handler articulate the dogs final response?
Did the handler properly mark where their dog made its final response?
Was the handler able to justify their search tactics?
Did the handler call any false final responses demonstrated by their dog?
Is the handler in tune with their dogs needs?
 
Dog Skills
Did the dog stay focused on the search?
Is the dog easily refocused after being distracted?
Did the dog alert/indicate on the scent source?
Was the dogs final response within the distance prescribed for the station?
Did the dog make a self-directed find on the scent source?
Did the dog demonstrate its final response and direct the handler to the source?
Did the dog perform any false final responses?
 
Team Skills
Did the dog and handler make an effective team?
Did the dog demonstrate obedience through its reactions to handler commands?
Was the search completed within the time limit for the evaluation?