Affiliations

Chesapeake Search Dogs works with many different groups and agencies in the area. Our partnerships with other teams and law enforcement stems from two strategic affiliations that we are proud to be a part of.

Maryland Search Team Task Force (MSTTF) is a consortium of professional volunteer Search & Rescue teams serving Maryland. United to help locate the lost and missing, the MSTTF is led by Maryland Natural Resources Police and Maryland State Police.  Command staff from our teams meet twice-annually to discuss the latest trends in SAR, technology, safety, and training.  The task force plans annual SAR exercises with a focus on interoperability.  Along with the Natural Resources Police Reserve Officers, the MSTTF holds an annual Search Team Member (STM) class designed to provide the skills necessary for new ground searchers in our state.   Chesapeake Search Dogs is an active member of the task force and assists with the instruction of the STM class.  The task force is made up of the following teams:
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Bay Area K-9 Search & Recovery
Calvert K9 Search Team
Chesapeake Search Dogs
DELMARVA Search and Rescue Group
Maryland Search and Rescue Team
Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol
Mason Dixon Rescue Dogs
Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S.
NRP Reserve Officer Search Team
Search and Rescue Dogs of Maryland
TrotSAR Mounted Search & Rescue Team

The National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to representing and supporting volunteers across the country.  NASAR uses standards developed by many organizations to develop courses and certifications specific to Search and Rescue.  NASAR certifications are widely accepted standards for SAR in the United States.  Many of our members are evaluators for NASAR certifications including: SARTECH II, Canine SARTECH III and II Area, and Canine Human Remains Land.  All of our operational members are required to maintain NASAR certifications.

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