Upcoming Events


The K9 Team is planning to train Fridays at or around 0930 at the Dismal Creek area of Bland/Giles counties. All are welcome. 
Trent's Grocery 900 Wilderness Road Bland, VA 34315

Please ask anyone who plans to join to text Anne Clark 540-420-3295
We generally train 8 hours give or take, but people can leave anytime. Be on time to our initial meeting place as we will be moving from there.


Management Team Member Forum
Tuesday 6 Jun, 2023 1900
This event aims to bring Management personnel newly certified or well seasoned together to discuss things we see in running base operations and areas we excel and areas we can improve on.
All with a MTM Certification are welcome to join.

SAR Academy

SAR Academy Supplemental Training
3-day Training: 4-6 August, 2023 0800-1700 each day
1267 4-H Camp Road
Appomattox, VA 24522

Class #1: Chicken Camp (24hr)
Lead Sally Dickinson - Presented as Fully Involved K9
"Those who desire precision behavior, clear and accurate communication, and the ability to deliver meaningful and actionable feedback. Past participants include animal trainers, trainers of humans who train animals, sports coaches, teachers, public safety leaders, human resource specialists and many more."
K9 handlers will receive first preference followed by management and Search Team Leaders.

Class #2: Land Navigation Workshop (24hr)
Lead: Rob Speiden

Class #3: Scene Preservation for SAR Practitioners (16hr) & Is it Human (8hr)
Lead: Mike Maggard & Jim Russell
This curriculum will replace and cover the requirement for "Crime Scene Preservation" as outlined in some certification standards.
The Is It Human class from Jim Russell will also be presented.

Class #4: SAR Mapping Workshop (24 hr)
Lead: Billy Chrimes
This will be an advanced offering covering more detail about processes as well as items like aircraft, cell forensics, and GPS.
Pre-requisites include: Management Team Member, Lost Person Behavior, basic computer ability, laptop computer.

Revised Jun 2023