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Education & Outreach

Helping The Community

At Western Pennsylvania Search and Rescue Development Center, employees and volunteers are constantly training and receiving continuing educational hours. They are all Community Emergency Response Team certified and are prepared for emergencies and disasters in their communities.

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School Camp



Community Emergency Response Team

Being Prepared in Our Communities

With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this challenge. This is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.

Agility Classes

 Beginner and intermediate agility classes are held at our facility in Penn Hills. Dogs will learn the equipment in beginner class and dog and handler will work as a team in the intermediate class.

Search and Rescue Classes

  • CERT

  • Lost Person Behavior

  • Autism, Alzheimer's and Technology: Resources for Emergency Personnel (accredited through MPOETC and the PA Dept. of Health)

  • Map and Compass

  • Drone Flying

Operation: Take Me Home

        Safety Program for the At-Risk Population

At Western Pennsylvania Search and Rescue Development Center, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in locating the at-risk population that wanders or elopes. Radio Frequency Transmitters can be located up to a mile away with receivers and Drones are now being implemented to keep our special need population safe.
Search and Rescue canines play a big part of locating an individual by scent.

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Continuing Education Courses

Autism, Alzheimer's and Technology: Resources for Emergency Personnel

Our staff and volunteers along with Law Enforcement, EMT-P, EMT's, Prehospital Nurses and Certified First Responders can obtain Con-Ed hours for attending this PA Dept of Health accredited course.
Law Enforcement receives 10 CLEE hours and EMT-P, EMT's, PHRN and CFR receive 10 Patient-critical care hours.

Lost Person Behavior

A search and rescue guide on where to look - for land, air and water

Based on a landmark study, this course is the definitive guide to solving the puzzle of where a lost person might be found. It presents new and updated subject categories, behavioral profiles, current statistics, suggested initial tasks, and specialized investigative questions. Whether the subject is underground, underwater, under collapsed rubble, on land or has fallen from the sky, this course delivers what search managers need. This course is aimed at law enforcement and SAR personnel responsible for the initial response and subsequent search.

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