Equipment List

Equipment for Training and Local Deployment

Each handler in NDSD purchases their own equipment for training and deployment, except for radios and other group training gear.

Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for training on rubble:

  • Helmet with chin strap (usually climbing helmet)
  • Heavy leather boots, preferably with steel toes and steel shanks
  • Leather gloves
  • Long sleeves and long pants (coveralls are suggested)
  • Safety glasses or goggles

Additional recommended gear for rubble training:

  • Knee pads
  • Leg gaiters
  • First aid kit for human/canine
  • Inexpensive closed-cell foam resting pad for comfort while hiding in a hole
  • Headlamp for helmet
  • Personal water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Fanny pack
  • Clothing/outerwear/raingear appropriate for the weather

Recommended canine equipment for all training sessions:

  • Quick release collar
  • Training collar as appropriate
  • 6-foot leather leash
  • Water bowl and sufficient water for the day
  • Food bowl and food as necessary
  • Clean-up bags for dog waste
  • Crate or resting pad
  • Treats
  • Tug toys

For local deployment, canine handlers bring all of the above gear, plus items such as the following:

  • Water and food for 24 hours for handler and canine
  • Compass
  • Safety whistle
  • Puffer bottle (for determining air movement)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries/bulbs
  • Pencil and Rite-in-the-Rain paper
  • Passport tags for handler and canine
  • Clean-up bags for dog waste
  • Emergency blanket
  • Two light sticks
  • Flagging tape
  • Sleeping bag (-20F)
  • Any additional canine gear necessary for that team
  • Backpack/kit bags to carry gear

Equipment for FEMA Deployment

For deployment with FEMA, handlers must pack a much more extensive kit, with most items purchased by the individual handlers, and some equipment/clothing provided by the task force. For more information, click here.

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