Canine Human Remains (HRD) Water

Candidate must present proof that the candidate can swim 100 feet. This proof may be in the form of a card or certificate from a state or nationally recognized swimming or scuba diving organization that shows that the candidate has completed a swimming or scuba diving course. In lieu of a card or certificate, they may present an original letter from a team officer or trainer, attesting to their ability to swim 100 feet unaided by a PFD or any other means.
 
Practical Examinations: The candidate must accurately mark the location of the objective within a distance equal to twice the depth of the target.
 
Canine Human Remains Detection (HRD) Water - Type I: This examination meets or exceeds the criteria of FEMA 508-8 Typed Resource Definitions Search and Rescue Resources 11/14/2005.
  • The current will be above one (1) knot
  • Shore based search: 80 to 100 meters in length, 30 to 100 feet across, with a target depth of between 3 and 10 feet below the surface. Time limit of 30 minutes.
  • Open water search: 1 to 4 acres of open water. The target shall be placed between 10 and 30 feet below the surface. Time limit of 45 minutes. 
Canine Human Remains Detection (HRD) Water - Type II: This examination meets or exceeds the criteria of FEMA 508-8 Typed Resource Definitions Search and Rescue Resources 11/14/2005.
  • The current may be between zero (0) knots and one (1) knot.
  • Shore based search: 80 to 100 meters in length, 30 to 100 feet across, with a target depth of between 3 and 10 feet below the surface. Time limit of 30 minutes.
  • Open water search: 1 to 4 acres of open water. The target shall be placed between 10 and 30 feet below the surface. Time limit of 45 minutes. 
Testing Criteria for the Canine Human Remains Detection (HRD) Water 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 in the field?
Did the handler articulate the dogs final response?
Did the handler properly mark where their dog made its strongest final response?
Was the handler able to justify their search tactics?
Did the handler call any false 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 demonstrate any false responses?
Did the dog stay in the boat/water craft?
 
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?