The NDSD Team
In 1989, the Pacific Rim Disaster Team held a training conference in Tacoma, Washington. For this conference, an abandoned mental health hospital was demolished and designated as an urban disaster training site. After the seminar, members from several Puget Sound search dog organizations formed a group to train dogs for disaster work, and soon joined the Pacific Rim Disaster Team.
The dog handlers incorporated as a separate non-profit organization, Northwest Disaster Search Dogs, in 1992. Since that time, members have consistently trained for deployment with the Federal Emergency Management Agency Washington Task Force One, as well as for local disasters. Since its inception, NDSD’s handlers have trained over 20 dogs, most to FEMA certification level.
Take a look at our dogs and their favorite people! We are a diverse group, but all committed to helping others through our disaster search work.
See our dogs and people at work learning their craft! Training is rigorous and rewarding.
For a more in-depth look at how NDSD operates, please browse through our By-Laws.