WHAT DO WE DO?
By connecting handlers through the nation, ISRCH strives
to create a network of professional, capable dog teams
that are readily available when the need arises.
The members of ISRCH operate under common guidelines
that meet national standards. ISRCH members travel nationwide
to train together and provide education and outreach
within their communities and throughout their states.
One of our objectives is to encourage networking and
foster a spirit of cooperation and mutual aid between
our Canine Response Teams and Support Members and government
agencies (local, state and national) as well as other
Search and Rescue teams and organizations.
WHY ARE WE NEEDED?
Professionally trained volunteers are a critical resource
for the search and rescue of lost and missing persons
in the United States. Law enforcement and emergency
management personnel, particularly at the local level,
simply do not have the resources to conduct a search
alone. And while they provide the critical command and
coordinating functions during a search, they would not
be able to put enough search teams in the field, or
traverse much of the difficult terrain, without specially
trained volunteers. Moreover, much of their efforts
must now be devoted to homeland security, hazardous
materials and disaster response.
There are thousands of lost and missing persons incidents
reported every year in the US. These include lost and
abducted children, missing outdoor enthusiasts, despondents,
Alzheimer patients, boaters, downed aircraft and others.
By some reports in America there are more than 30,000
wandering Alzheimer patients reported missing from their
homes or care facilities annually. Only a very few return
on their own. Almost half of these vulnerable wanderers
may die if not found within the first 24 hours. Many
more die in forests and wooded areas.
ISRCH provides critically needed K9 resources for Federal
and state law enforcement and emergency managers. ISRCH
members work to promote cooperation and coordination
with other responding agencies.