Canine SARTECH III - Area

Locate a single stationary subject in a pre-defined 40-60 acre area, within 1.5 hours, including breaks. (This examination and certification meets or exceeds the criteria of FEMA 508-8 Typed Resource Definitions Search and Rescue Resources 11/14/2005.)
 
Testing Criteria for the Canine SARTECH III, II and I Area 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 alert/indication in the field?
Did the handler articulate the dogs final response?
Was the handler alert to visual clues?
Does the handler demonstrate good land navigation field skills?
Was the handler able to justify their search tactics?
Did the handler document the routes traveled?
Did the handler accurately debrief the task with an estimated P.O.D?
Was the handler able to articulate the relevant meteorology?
Is the handler in tune with their dogs needs?
Does the handler have adequate endurance?
Is handler comfortable searching at night?
 
Dog Skills
Did the dog stay focused on the search?
Is the dog easily refocused after being distracted?
Is the dog willing to leave its handler to follow up a scent?
Does the dog search independently and effectively?
Did the dog make a self-directed find on subject 1?
Did the dog indicate to the handler that it had found subject 1?
Did the dog demonstrate its final response and direct the handler to the subject 1?
Did the dog make a self-directed find on subject 2?
Did the dog indicate to the handler that it had found subject 2?
Did the dog demonstrate its final response and direct the handler to subject 2?
Did the dog make a self-directed find on the night evaluation subject?
Did the dog indicate to the handler that it had found the night evaluation subject?
Did the dog demonstrate its final response and direct the handler to the night evaluation subject?
 
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?