Join the JCSDA
Dear Perspective Member,
Let me be the first to thank you, and welcome you to the world of Search and Rescue. Each year SAR Teams are called out for anything from natural disasters, man made disasters, or to locate lost or missing person(s). JCSDA is responsible for the area known as EMA Area 6 in Kentucky (this includes the counties of Jefferson, Oldham, Bullitt, Trimble, Spencer, Nelson, Meade, Henry and Shelby), and Southern Indiana (Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, Washington, and Crawford counties). Sometimes we may be called to go to other parts of either Kentucky, or Indiana depending on the emergency, and their resources.
We train usually at least once a week, and sometimes twice. K-9 training is done on Sundays, or Saturday evenings, and recruit classes are usually on Friday nights or Saturday afternoons. We also have camp outs at various locations in the area. You are more than welcome to come to any of our trainings except the camp outs. Once you have shown that you are willing to commit to the team then you will be placed on a probationary status for 6 months, then you will be allowed to come to camp outs, and other functions outside of trainings.
Once you are placed on probation, you will remain there for at least 6 months. During this time you are required to come to at least 50% of the trainings (13), attend all Recruit Training Classes, and have taken the Basic Search and Rescue Course (offered free through KY EMA), or NASAR's FUNSAR Course (offered in Indiana for a fee). If all requirements have been met then we will have you fill out an application, and get a background check from a local law enforcement agency. The last step will be a review by the officers of JCSDA, and then you will be considered an official member. Please keep in mind that in order to respond to a search, you must be a member.
Again I would like to thank you for your interest in JCSDA, and invite you to come to our trainings to see what we are all about, and to decide if this is something you are willing to commit to. If you have a dog you are welcome to bring him/her also, however you must bring copies of recent vaccinations, and show that they are updated. Also, leave your dog in your vehicle until one of the team members asks you to let your dog out. For a list of training dates and locations, visit our training page. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us at SAR-Training@JCSDA.com.
Major Ronnie Hogan
Jefferson Co. Search Dog Association
Please provide the following information in an email to JCSDA@JCSDA.com.
City, State and Zip
How long have you been interested in search and rescue?
Include any of the following certifications or skills that you have:
EMT-FR, EMT-B, EMT-P
List any medical conditions.