When I first became a civilian search and rescue volunteer, it never occured to me that legal issues might be involved. When I learned that I needed to take crime scene preservation training, I realized that search could involve the law. My originally scheduled speaker wasn't able to participate as planned. So I turned to Dr. Greg Henry, an emergency room physician with extensive legal experience, to record a podcast discussing general legal issues: What is a deposition? How should you prepare? How should you handle yourself when a question is confusiing or unclear? What are some things to avoid?
Listen to Episode 51 for a conversation with FEMA disaster canine handler Eric Darling. Eric starts by telling us about his canine partner - how he came to be be his partner, his alert, and his reward - followed by a discussion about some disaster search topics. What is a rubble pile? How do you keep both handler and dog safe? What other skills might a disaster canine team need? We also talk about the agility and obedience requirements for a FEMA canine. Finally Eric discusses his company Superfit Canine.
In Episode 50 of the National Search Dog Alliance Podcast for March 15, 2017, I discuss scenarios straining with K. T. Irwin. Learn about the planning and thought process that goes into setting up top-notch search training scenarios for canine teams.
In this podcast episode I speaak with Peter Kick who wrore the book Desperate Steps, tales of true wilderness mishaps in the the northeastern US. We talk about a few of the cases in Peter's extensively researched book. There are lessons not only for individuals, but also for search and rescue organizations.
This month I will be talking with Shay Cook about canine decontamination.
Shay Cook has been a certified canine handler for 18 years with California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) with certifications in Trailing, Cadaver and Wilderness Area. She is also a member of Alameda County Sherriff Search and Rescue (ALCO) and Yosemite Search and Rescue Dog Team (YODOGS) with over 200 searches. She holds degrees in Business Management and Biology, is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), K9 First Aid instructor and enjoys doing SAR classes throughout the state of California. Shay served on the CARDA Board of Directors, is certified in HAZMAT, FRO, First Responder, CPR and has a SARTech II. Shay has been training dogs since 1986 and has worked with dogs in schuzthund, guide dogs for the blind, obedience, socialization and scent detection. Shay works at UC Berkeley as a Research Compliance Analyst and enjoys bringing the scientific perspective to dog training.
This month’s interview is a fun, artistic topic – dogs and poetry. My guest speaker is poet and philosopher, Rachael Briggs. She is a professor of philosophy at Stanford University, author of 2 volumes of poetry, had a poem selected for Best American Poetry of 2015, and has won the Thomas Shapcott poetry prize and Val Vallis poetry prize. Hear Rachael’s varied selections of favorite poems about dogs, as well as one of her own poems.