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 Sarasota K-9, Search and Rescue Inc.

Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue are professional volunteers who have an integrity and commitment to our fellow mankind to be organized in their training and skills and to form a strong bond of teamwork in order to have the safest and most positive outcome of any search mission.
Finding the Lost
Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue, Inc. (SSAR) is a group of highly trained volunteers who help in the location of missing persons. They are recognized by the following agencies:
  • Sarasota County Emergency Services
  • State of Florida, the Division of Forestry
  • Florida Fire Chiefs Association Disaster Response, and Region Six.
SSAR provides highly skilled personnel and their search dogs, which are available at any time through the 911 system. They are on-call, ready for rapid deployment with air-scent dogs and bloodhounds that are trained by the Law Enforcement Bloodhound Association (LEBA).
Ongoing training is provided to these teams by the following agencies:
  • Sarasota County Fire Department and Venice Fire Department
  • First Responder
  • Mass Casualties
  • Haz Mat Awareness
  • Ladder Truck
  • The Division of Forestry Incident Command System
  • Wild land Fire Survival
  • Wild land Fire Behavior Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tactical Search and Rescue (disasters)
  • Crime Scene Recognition and Preservation
Human Remains Detection (land and water) SSAR team members and their dogs are available to provide educational programs; which include responsible pet ownership, preparing pets for a disaster, and teaching children how to assist in their own recovery if they are lost.

 Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue Dog: Stryker


Sarasota County, Florida
TTY: 7-1-1
or 1-800-955-8771
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