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The purpose of NC C.E.R.T is to furnish highly trained volunteer search dog teams for search and rescue. NC C.E.R.T. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation serving the State of North Carolina and surrounding areas.

NC C.E.R.T. trains and promotes the working dog for search missions, and supports evaluations for search dogs. NC C.E.R.T. provides highly skilled search teams 24 hours a day, responds to requests from Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, Fire Departments or other Official requesting agencies, during natural or manmade disasters, drownings, and lost or missing persons in urban and wilderness settings, at no cost to the requesting agency.

In addition, NC C.E.R.T. works to promote understanding and public awareness of the role of search dogs and to further the public knowledge, interest and use of search and rescue trained dogs through public demonstrations and lectures to state and local agencies, schools, civic organizations, retirement and rest homes.

Trained in Wilderness and Cadaver (water & land) searches, these teams undergo rigorous training and must meet strict standards before they are deployed on a mission. Ongoing training and continuing education is required for all members to maintain their skills at optimal levels.

Training in search and disaster response is conducted in diverse situations and often entails more than 50 hours per month for each member.

All members are responsible for providing their own personal equipment.

Contributions and donations are solicited to help defray the costs of team equipment, (radios, PFDs, First Aid Kits, etc.) training, and travel expenses.