Area Search Hosting Information

If you or your team is interested in being evaluated in your area, below is a list of area and equipment requirements needed for a successful evaluation.

SITE(S)

  • Light/medium brush, woods and open
  • Evaluator shall have access to all sites the day before the test
  • Provide Evaluator with map and coordinates prior to testing event and provide test taker with copy of map at time of test

SITE USAGE

  • Same site may be used a maximum of two (2) times in a given day and may be used two (2) times, again, the following day
  • If handler testing multiple K-9's, a completely new site is required for each additional K-9
  • If two (2) Evaluators are testing in a given day, a separate site is required for each Evaluator - preferably not side by side
  • Recommend hard boundaries (creek, road, power lines, etc.) as site boundaries, but not mandatory

SUBJECTS

  • Hosting Team will provide the appropriate number of subjects for each test
  • May use same subjects for multiple tests; no family or team members

EVALUATORS

  • Evaluator expenses to be paid by hosting team unless NSDA grant funds are available. Contact NSDA Testing Coordinator regarding NSDA grant fund availability.

HANDLER PREREQUISITE DOCUMENTS

  • Evaluator may request handler paperwork to be mailed or scanned and e-mailed to Evaluator prior to test event

EQUIPMENT

  • Radios for Evaluator and each subject
  • Sterile gauze pad and zip lock bag for Scent Specific test

Land HRD Hosting Information

SITES

  • Two (2) one acre wilderness sites (preferable 20 yards apart)
  • Roadway with light to medium growth/brush, .2 of a mile in length
  • Three (3) cars parked diagonally, if possible. If side by side, 15 feet apart
  • One (1) three room building - 1000 to 1500 square feet

SITE USAGE

  • Two (2) one acre sites and roadway (wilderness site) shall be used by a maximum of four (4) K-9 teams per testing event. If 5 - 8 teams wish to test or if one of the first four (4) handlers wishes to test a second K-9, then an entirely new test shall be needed.
  • An unlimited number of teams may use the building and/or cars. However, if a handler wishes to test a second K-9, then an entirely new set of cars and an entirely new set of rooms in the building shall be needed.
  • It is recommended that no site have been "hot" in the previous thirty (30) days

SOURCES

If host is providing sources, they need to be already measured and in containers

  • Two (2) blood sources, 10 - 20 cc's each
  • Two (2) blood sources, 2 -3 cc's each
  • One (1) tissue, 1.5 - 2 lbs
  • Two (2) bones, 5 - 15 inches (can combine several to meet requirement), preferably, one wet and one dry

EVALUATORS

  • Evaluator expenses to be paid by hosting team unless NSDA grant funds are available. Contact NSDA Testing Coordinator regarding NSDA grant fund availability.

HANDLER PREREQUISITE DOCUMENTS

  • Evaluator may request handler paperwork to be mailed or scanned and emailed to Evaluator prior to test event

EQUIPMENT

  • Radio(s) for Evaluator(s)

Water HRD Hosting Information

SITES

  • If two separate bodies of water are to be used for this test, the open water/boat body shall be no less than seven (7) acres and the second body shall contain at least one hundred (100) continuous yards of shoreline.
  • If the same body of water is to be used for both, then the body of water shall be no less than ten (10) acres.

SITE USAGE

  • No usage restrictions on number of handlers using same test site
  • If handler is testing two K-9's, then a separate body of water and test is needed for each K-9
  • In order to set up two (2) separate tests on one body of water, the body of water must be larger than 20 acres
  • It is recommended that the site not have been "hot" in the previous thirty (30) days if there is no current and two (2) weeks if there is a current

SOURCES

If host is providing sources, they need to be already measured and in containers

  • One (1) bone, tissue, organ - 3 oz for shoreline (in container for submersion)
  • One (1) tissue, organ - 1-1/2 to 2 lbs for open water (in container for submersion)
  • Seventy five (75) to one hundred (100) feet of cord, cable, rope to attach source to shoreline

EVALUATORS

  • Evaluator expenses will be paid by hosting team unless NSDA grant funds are available. Contact NSDA Testing Coordinator regarding NSDA grant fund availability.

HANDLER PREREQUISITE DOCUMENTS

  • Evaluator may request handler paperwork to be mailed or scanned and emailed to Evaluator prior to test event

EQUIPMENT

  • Radio(s) for Evaluator(s)
  • Boat and driver

Trailing Hosting Information

SITE(S)

  • Light/medium brush, woods and open area not funneled by fences or roads
  • Provide map and coordinates prior to testing event

SITE USAGE

  • Site shall only be used once per K-9 team per testing event

SUBJECT

  • One (1) subject for each test site
  • No family or team members

EVALUATORS

  • Evaluator expenses to be paid by hosting team unless NSDA grant funds are available. Contact NSDA Testing Coordinator regarding NSDA grant fund availability.

HANDLER PREREQUISITE DOCUMENTS

  • Evaluator may request handler paperwork to be mailed or scanned and emailed to Evaluator prior to test event

EQUIPMENT

  • Radios for Evaluator and each subject
  • Sterile gauze pad and zip lock bag

Disaster Hosting Information

SITES

  • Rubble pile consisting of elevated areas which can be traversed by the canine and handler. There must be several sites within the pile in which subjects or human remains can be placed and hidden from sight. These hiding places should not be able to be penetrated by the canine. The pile should be at least 3,000 square feet. If the pile is at least 6 (six) feet high then the total square footage can be 2,500 square feet.
  • Open area which can accommodate the equipment required to set up the following testing elements: Indication (20 yards by 20 yards), obedience (75 feet by 20 feet), confined space (4 feet by 25 feet), narrow walkway (4 feet by 20 feet), teeter totter (4 feet by 12 feet).

SITE USAGE

  • No usage restrictions on number of handlers using same test site
  • If handler is testing two K-9's, then a separate body of water and test is needed for each K-9
  • In order to set up two (2) separate tests on one body of water, the body of water must be larger than 20 acres
  • It is recommended that the site not have been "hot" in the previous thirty (30) days if there is no current and two (2) weeks if there is a current

EQUIPMENT

  • The testing elements confined space, narrow walkway, and teeter totter all have specific equipment needed to test the canine. This is clearly spelled out in the standard and you need to refer to the "construction" paragraph for each of these elements.
  • Radios for Evaluator(s) and each subject.
  • Each handler and subject will be required to wear the following PPE while on the rubble pile: helmet, gloves, long pants, long sleeve shirt, eye protection, safety toe boots, and knee protection.

SUBJECTS

  • A minimum of two (2) subjects should be available throughout the whole testing period.
  • Each subject will be required to don the same PPE as required by the handler. This will be worn whenever they enter the rubble pile.

HUMAN REMAINS

  • The source materials used for the HRD test may be supplied by the hosting team or the Evaluator. There needs to be a discussion between these two people to decide who will be responsible for obtaining the testing aids.

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

  • Phone number and location of a nearby medical facility that can accommodate any emergencies during the testing period.
  • Phone number and location of a nearby veterinary facility that can accommodate any emergencies during the testing period.