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ASTM Standard addresses search and rescue dog crew skills.

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Jan 16, 2015 - ASTM F3070, Guide for Evaluating Area Search Dog Crews or Teams, will define knowledge, skills, and abilities required for dog crew or team to perform area search. Search and rescue dog teams are currently tested to different levels yet similar terminology is used to describe abilities of dogs. Using F3070 will help in developing testing paradigms that better identify core competencies and unify various search and rescue organizations under terminology that is based on single national standard.

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Search and Rescue Dog Crew Skills and Abilities Defined in New ASTM Standard

Press release date: Dec 09, 2014

Teams of highly skilled dogs have increasingly played an integral role in search and rescue operations. Now, a new ASTM International standard will define the knowledge, skills and abilities required for a dog crew or team to perform an area search.

According to ASTM member Lee Lang, ASTM F3070, Guide for Evaluating Area Search Dog Crews or Teams, was developed because search and rescue dog teams are currently tested to different levels yet similar terminology is used to describe the abilities of the dogs.

“Using F3070 will help in developing testing paradigms that better identify core competencies and unify various search and rescue organizations under terminology that is based on a single national standard,” says Lang.

Lang notes that both dog handlers and search and rescue managers have identified the necessary competencies addressed in ASTM F3070, making it a standard that will enhance the professionalism and accountability of those managing search and rescue dog teams.

“Primary users of F3070 will be authorities having jurisdiction, such as sheriffs, emergency service offices, and search and rescue teams, that are responsible for conducting searches in wilderness settings,” says Lang. The standard will also be helpful to regulatory authorities in identifying the minimal expected performance level of search dogs for both local and national responses.

F3070 was developed by Subcommittee F32.02 on Management and Operations, part of ASTM Committee F32 on Search and Rescue.

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