Join our comprehensive Canine Search Specialist Course (CSST), a dynamic blend of Computer-Based Training and hands-on Instructor-Led Training (ILT) tailored for Canine Search Specialists and mandatory for FEMA Search Team Managers. As a valuable addition to the SUSAR Pre-conference lineup, we’re thrilled to offer the ILT segment of the CSST. Additionally, participants can opt for a SUSAR Type 1 Certification Evaluation for both Live Find (LF) and Human Remains Detection (HRD) teams, regardless of CSST attendance. This FEMA Equivalent Course is accessible to Federal, State, and Regional US&R Task Force Members.

This course is designed for canine handlers preparing to collaborate with Live-Find (LF) or Human Remains Detection (HRD) canines in search and rescue missions, integral to Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force (TF) operations. Upon finishing the course, participants will possess the skills necessary to proficiently serve as a Canine Search Specialist within a US&R team.

This course is 24 hours of face-to-face training. Prior to attending this face-to-face training course, students must successfully complete the Computer-Based Training (CBT) Canine Search Specialist course (Course Code: 9P1330) that is approximately 16 hours.

Learning Objectives:

  • Disaster Search Fundimentals
  • Practical Application of Agility, Direction and Control
  • Search Strategy
  • Advanced Disaster Search Skills
  • Operational Exercise

Target Audience:

  • Search and Rescue Personnel
  • State Urban Search and Rescue Personnel
  • Structural Collapse Response Personnel
  • Fire Department Responders
  • Law Enforcement Personnel
  • Emergency Medical Services Personnel
  • County/State/Federal Responders
  • National Guard and DoD Personnel
  • MSOC


(includes course, breakfast, and lunch onsite;
SUSAR Certification Evaluation Nov 10, 2024 – no charge)


24 Hours


Canine Search Specialist Training Course: November 7-9, 2024

(Optional)SUSAR Type 1 Certification Evaluation (Live Find and Human Remains Detection):  November 10, 2024


Pasco County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Training Facility         

10241 Charles Bo Harrison Way
Land O’ Lakes, FL  34637


Tampa International Airport (TPA) – 35 miles

Orlando International Airport (MCO) – 100 miles


Deana Hudgins – FL TF2

Jennifer Brown – FL TF2

Additional instructors and evaluators TBA and will be added based on student enrollment

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