BCSDT is a fully-certified search team located in Northeast Ohio with a combined 73 years of experience. At most search calls, we provide 1-5 K9 teams with field assistants/ground support. In addition to K9 teams, we provide our own radio communications, computer support, mapping software, and live GPS tracking. We also bring enough supplies to sustain our crews for 24 hours.
Each team will efficiently and effectively search a minimum of 80-160 acres in the first shift of 3-4 hours. Teams are managed by a Team Leader (TL) who works closely with search management and incident command.
Our teams are certified in finding both live and deceased subjects located on land or under water, snow, and debris. Teams are proficient at man-tracking, clue awareness, and crime scene preservation.
These teams locate any live human within a given area. They work quickly, locating air-born human scent and following it to the source. They then bark to attract their handler, or return to guide the handler to the lost subject. These dogs can search a large area or one with difficult terrain much more efficiently and effectively than a large team of ground searchers.
Area search canines are the dogs of choice in situations where you are unsure of a subject's last known location, or you do not have a scent article for the missing person.
Trailing teams use a scent article and last known location to follow the subject's route to their current location. They can distinguish their subject's trail among others in the same location. They can even pick out the freshest trail in an area that is "contaminated" with an abundance of the same scent, such as around the subject's house. They work in wilderness, rural, suburban and urban environments. Unlike other working or sporting K9s who are typically trained to track "hot" or fresh trails, SAR dogs can track trails several hours, days, or even weeks old.
Cadaver dogs are trained to detect and indicate the presence of chemicals, gasses, and odors produced when human tissue decomposes. These dogs are able to detect very small quantities of odors. Some K9s are also trained to detect the odor even when the remains are under water.
HRD canines can detect trace evidence of human remains, such as blood on clothing, teeth, or small fragments of bone. Experienced K9s have even been able to alert on buried remains that are hundreds of years old.