High Level Of Performance And Endurance “So That Others May Live”
The PRSAR Newsletter!
Some Updates on the great volunteers at PRSAR
The Core of a Search-
Search Management
Search Management in its simplest form requires overseeing three basic elements;

1) Resources
2) Strategy/Tactics
3) Results

and by management, we are in implying the effective effort of coordinating the efforts of all resources to accomplish the goals and objectives that have been set and to use them efficiently. An effective search management team will use the right resource (person, K9, Electronic device, horse, or aircraft) for the right application, and in the correct order, to ensure a successful outcome. This orchestration is a wonderful thing when it all comes together, but most times it doesn't and when that happens, skill and experience are needed!
The process of search is really a simple one. We GO and LOOK for something or someone. But how well that is done will be determined by what resources are available.

So what is the call-out process? The usual scenario is a call from a Law Enforcement Dispatcher who requests our assistance. We are given a rallying point and a Detective in charge of the scene. At this point, a call-out request is sent through the Active 911 system and PRSAR teams are called to the scene. PRSAR will usually have teams on scene within 20 minutes in our surrounding counties and with an hour at farther areas. During this time one of our search managers will be in contact with the Detective in charge and start the process of gathering the information we need to deploy our search teams quickly.
As the teams begin to arrive on the scene, the search manager will have a quick briefing with them and give their assignments. From that point, the search begins.
Communications are then set up and PAR (person accountability reporting) begins. This is a process of check-ins that let the command know the team's status and location. All PRSAR volunteers use a code system when talking on the Radios. This keeps prying ears out of our information.
Once our missing person is located, the scene and victim are assessed, medical attention is given, the patient is stabilized for transport and the teams return for demobilization. A formal report is given to the requesting agency and about a week later the team will meet via ZOOM to debrief and discuss what went right and what went wrong.

All this service is provided at no cost to the requesting agency, just an incredible way these volunteers serve their community.
Interested in Wearing the Blue Shirt?

Our new year of 2022 is almost upon us and the deployment team is forming up. IF you have an interest in joining this amazing group of volunteers, please check out our website at www.prsar.org for more information or click here!
NO PET LEFT BEHIND!
In case of fire or natural disaster, pets can't fend for themselves and need to be taken or let out by other people. In the event that you are not home during an emergency or forced evacuation, make sure you have a Save Out Pets Sticker! 

• Give your animals a voice with a Please Rescue Us Sticker and let Emergency Responder know how many and what type of pets you have in your home. Place this sticker on the upper right-hand portion of the front door so it is easily seen by Emergency Personnel.

• Decals are easy to see, day and night. Printed with Bright colors and marker ready. This combined with durable materials makes these the best Pet Rescue Stickers Around and it is the only pet sticker recognized by Charlotte County Emergency Responders.

For a donation of 10.00 ( to cover shipping ) we will get these right out to you!
Meet the Hulk!

This Green beast is a drone dedicated to the FAST team. It carries multispectral cameras used for clandestine grave detection. Although the data processing is proprietary, this drone plays a critical role in qualifying areas for further investigation. One of the many services PRSAR provides at no cost to the requesting Agency/Family.
There Is More to a Cadaver Dog than Just the Dog!
By Julie Starbuck, VP, and Director of K9 Training 
     
Peace River K9 Search and Rescue prides itself on producing some of the best Cadaver Dog Teams in the Nation. The skill level of these teams is outstanding, and their skills have been sought throughout the country and even overseas. These teams find missing persons, historic archeological sites, weapons, and more. But what exactly does it take to be a Cadaver Dog Team?

The public perspective is that a Cadaver Dog starts a search, locates a body and the work is done. While this is one aspect of the job, it is just a very small portion. The Cadaver Dog is actually a human remains detection dog, tasked with finding the ODOR of human remains. While this can be a body, it can also be a weapon used in a crime, the odor remaining in the trunk of a car that at one point had a body in it, clearing an area to indicate there is no-body present, and so much more. The dog is just one part of a very valuable and highly trained team. While the dog is the odor detector, the human has to be the brains of the operation.

The human part of the team has to be well versed and educated in many disciplines. They need to take classes in Crime Scene Preservation to ensure that if they are working a criminal case they handle the scene correctly. Every handler needs to be able to accurately and effectively explain to a third party, such as law enforcement, what the cadaver dog is capable of doing, how they work, and what limitations the dogs have. They need to be able to quickly and effectively assess an area for hazards they may encounter while working and understand the legalities of conducting a search in the area they are searching. They need to take classes and do fieldwork in environmental situations they may encounter such as Structural Collapse, Basic Ropes, Helicopter Safety, and Man Tracking. Our teams are taught about the aspects of what they can expect in the field such as:

Grave Migration – the movement of the deceased in the soil and ground after death due to environment or animals

Foliage and Soil Changes – how a burial will affect the soil and foliage around the gravesite, and how trees’ root systems will affect a burial.

The Stages of Decomposition – so they will understand what they are looking for based on the length of time the victim has been missing

Bone Recognition – so they can identify animal versus human bones in the field

Pooling, Spooling and Wind Effects on Odor – So they will understand how weather, wind, sunlight, and other environmental situations affect the distribution of odor.

Court Preparation – Understanding what may be expected of them and how to effectively testify in a court situation

This is not an exhaustive list, and education is always ongoing! The most important part is that the handler has to be a critical thinker in the field. The dog searching and performing its trained final response (or alert) that it has found the odor of human remains is just the first part of the picture. The handler then needs to assess the dog’s alert. Is the alert at the bottom of a hill and we are looking for an older grave (odor may have migrated down the hill)? Where did the dog first show a change of behavior indicating it initially smelled the odor of human remains? Is there anywhere the dog missed or could not get to where the odor may be generating? Does the alert make sense to the scenario presented? Is there something the handler can do, such as probing the ground, to help the dog pinpoint the strongest odor? How is the wind, temperature, or humidity affecting the dog’s ability to search? What follow-up should occur? These are just some of the many critical questions that go through a handler’s mind on each and every search.

On top of this, our Cadaver Dog Teams are expected to maintain meticulous records of every training session and deployment. They are expected to independently maintain their dog’s skills at an extremely high level while attending team training, and classes. They are expected to be available for deployments, often using their vacation time just to help others. It is a dedication to the job that takes many hours of training and maintenance.
Being a Cadaver Dog Team is more than just a dog and a Handler. It is about being an effective team that has acquired all of the skills and knowledge necessary to tackle any scenario presented. It is about working effectively with our outside partners such as law enforcement, the fire department, and others. It is about being confident and capable of advocating in the field and explaining what your K9 is doing and what follow-up you think is important. This is what it means to be a Cadaver Team and why Peace River K9 Search and Rescue has produced some of the most outstanding cadaver dog teams in the nation.
End of Watch

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of PRSAR's founding K9s. K959 Riley passed quietly on November 14th. She was an amazing K9 serving almost 10 years with PRSAR and this community. She always had such bright eyes and a happy smile. She will be greatly missed.
We Need Your Help!

This year, PRSAR was very honored to be included in the Lewis and Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust. All donations are matched 100% up to $500.00 dollars. This opportunity has been a great way to get PRSAR back on its feet after the economic slowdown caused by the Pandemic.

To Donate to PRSAR through the Flanzer Trust Matching Grants program you first need to go to their website located here. Scroll down to the donate button.
Once you click there you will go to another page....
On that page please choose your recipient which is Peace River K9
You will be taken to a payment page where you can donate either by PayPal or by Credit Card. Once you have completed that form, you will go to a confirmation page and in about two weeks you will receive a thank you letter from us!

If you would like to make a donation by check, please make the check out to:

The Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust 1843 Floyd Street Sarasota, FL 34239. In the memo section please note for Peace River K9 SAR!

That's it!!!!

With those funds, we can keep our teams in the field assisting with the location of missing or lost persons

Thank you in advance for your support!
Our Motto
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade
"That Others May Live"