The Jeff-Craig Fire & Rescue department has that is now has expanded department capabilities which include an ESF 9 K-9 Search and Rescue and ESF 2 Communications.
This currently consists of 10 SAR members and 7 K-9’s. Human trainings and certifications of team include but are not limited to: Wilderness and Urban Search, Building K-9 search, Structural Collapse Search, Tracking, Trailing, Cadaver, and Live Find training.
Members of the team are also certified in areas such as: Crime Scene Awareness, Alzheimer’s Awareness, Autism Awareness, Lost Person Behavior, Fatigue Awareness, and Critical Incident Stress. Of the team, 6 of the 10 members are also Ham Radio Licensed.
Two K-9s have their IDHS Air Scent Live Certification.
To receive IDHS certification, the K-9 and handler must find 0-3 live victims in a 60-acre area within 60 minutes. One K-9 is IDHS Certified in Tracking/Trailing. Human Remains Detection dogs for land and water are available as well.
The team is completely self-sustainable for 72 hours and available to respond 24/7. Activation of team is approximately 30 minutes.
“If your organization is ever in need of SAR or communications assistance we would gladly offer our services,” Fire Chief Chris See of the Jeff-Craig Department said.
For more information in regards to Jeff-Craig Fire & Rescue SAR and Ham Radio Team please contact Fire Chief Christopher S. See, (812) 599-4014, firstname.lastname@example.org.