All Mission-Ready K-9 Teams have met the requirements and been certified through evaluations and testing conducted by the National Association for Search & Rescue (NASAR). Each K-9 handler is certified as a NASAR SAR Tech II before certifying with his/her dog as a mission-ready team in their specialized discipline. We do not self-certify.
MSSARDA has qualified, experienced, mission-ready dogs in each of these specialized areas:
All K-9 handlers begin their careers as flankers, learning the trade from a position where they learn to develop and use their own human skills while also learning handler skills from the experienced K-9 teams they support.
oSince NASAR does not offer certification in these disciplines, Evidence and Water Recovery K-9s are certified through other independent, nationally-recognized organizations or agencies.