Search and Rescue Training Program
About Search and Rescue Training
Following a disaster, search and rescue professionals offer vital assistance in the response following a disaster. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) Search and Rescue training section responds to requests across the state as specialists in K-9 search, rescue and recovery training programs.
A key component to the IDHS Search and Rescue training program is the Mari Hulman George Search and Rescue Center (SAR Center), located at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Indiana. In addition to a K-9 agility field and rubble piles, the facility offers venues to train in confined space rescue, vehicle search and hazardous materials response. The center is available for training by civilian volunteers as well as local, state and federal emergency response and law enforcement agencies.
A recent addition to the IDHS Search and Rescue training program is the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Youth Ranch, located in Brazil, Indiana. The Ranch announced the partnership with IDHS to sheriffs from across Indiana on March 14, 2019. The location offers an on-site kennel for cadaver dogs as well as a large lake for water training. Additionally, youth from all 92 counties across Indiana – future deputies, troopers and police officers, as well as at-risk kids and young witnesses and victims of crime – will discover the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Youth Ranch offers life lessons about respect, animals, nature, character and health.