The Lawrence County K-9 Search and Rescue About us:


Lawrence County K-9 Search and Rescue provides a combined 40+ years of experience covering search management,
wilderness air scent, wilderness trailing, and land, water, and crime scene human remains detection (HRD). K-9 Teams
have been certified through the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA), National Search Dog Alliance
(NSDA), and the American Working Dog Association (AWDA). Members are also certified regarding the Incident
Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) through FEMA’s Emergency Management
Institute and as Search and Rescue Technicians through the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR).


Visit the Lawrence County K-9 Search and Rescue Facebook page for upcoming events:

To contact the K-9 Search and Rescue team:

What is typically required to be a K-9 Handler?

  • Regular attendance at monthly meetings.
  • An introduction to the National Incident Management System.
  • Introduction to the incident Command System.
  • Basic Incident Command System for inital Response.
  • Introduction to Hazardous Materials.
  • Crime Scene Preservation
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Map and Compass /Navigation
  • First Aid and CPR
  • K-9 First Aid and CPR
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What is Typically Required Of a Search and Rescue K-9?


  • Basic Obedience
  • Canine Good Citizen
  • Certification from an independent Nationally Recognized Organization



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Public Relations:

Search and rescue teams regularly participate in public relations events. These events help to spread awareness about the team and to build relationships with the local first responders.





Fast Facts:

Search and rescue teams respond to search calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It takes an average of two years to train an operational K-9 in area search, human remains detection, or trailing.

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Search and rescue teams are self-funded and rely on donations to purchase equipment, to cover training expenses, and to pay for certifications seminars.

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