The Virginia Beach Fire Training Center serves as a Level I and Level II Testing Site - one of only two locations on the East Coast - for the testing and training of US&R canine/handler teams. Certification in search and rescue techniques includes the following:
Level I Certification
Level II Certification
The Search Animal to perform specific standards under the handler's direct supervision and guidance.
Advanced Certification requires the Search Animal to perform these tasks out of sight of the handler and to successfully search more difficult rescue simulation courses.
Canine/Handler Teams are recertified every two years in order to participate in search and rescue operations.
Canine/Handler Teams are a vital part of the Urban Search and Rescue Program. These dogs love to serve and all the team members rely on these animals, not only in the difficult aspects of a disaster deployment, but to help relieve their stress as well.