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2017 Human Remains Detection Seminar

April 20, 21, 22, 23, 2017

Hosted by: NC K9 Emergency Response Team

Supported by: Wilson Co. Emergency Management
Location: Wilson, NC

Registration Fee:
Cost: $300.00 Per Team (Handler and Canine)
Cost: $125.00 per extra K9
$150.00 per observer (no K9)

Deposit: Deposit of $150.00 MUST be included with your registration form.
Deposit MUST BE RECEIVED no later than April 1, 2017, to receive the above listed rates,
after the above date:
Cost: $300.00 Per Team (Handler and Canine)
Cost: $150.00 per extra
K9 $175.00 per observer (no K9)

Register Early – Space is Limited to 30 Teams Contact:

NC K9 E.R.T., Inc.

Description: Actual fieldwork will be the emphasis for this seminar including, wilderness, urban, buildings, vehicles and scenario based training.

Candlewood Suites
2915 Independence Dr.
Wilson, NC 27896
Ph. 252-291-9494
Rates: $69.00 per night (plus tax)(this includes pet fee)
To get this rate you MUST tell them you are attending the NC K9 E.R.T, Seminar you MUST also register by: April 1, 2015.

If you need additional information please contact:
Mac Morgan 919-796-2218

The below link will give you additional information and registration form



SARX 2016

Dates:  November 11, 12, 13, 2016
Supported & Hosted by:

NC K9 Emergency Response Team, Inc.

Friday             11/11
1800- 0600  1st Operational Period

Saturday       11/12
0600- 1800  2nd Operational Period
1800- 0600  3rd Operational Period

Sunday          11/13
0600- 1400  4th Operational Period
1400- 1500  Exercise Critique
1500- Until   Demobilization

Sign In Location:                            

Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus
1919 Turnersburg Highway
Statesville, NC 28625


 Registration Fee:                $75.00

Includes: Group Heated Cabins

Meals (FRI. Dinner, SAT. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, SUN. Breakfast, Lunch)

Pre-registration highly recommend:

Info Contact: Mac Morgan                                                         Brent Haynes                                      919-796-2218                                                                                      704-903-8080

mmorgan@k9ert.org                                                                      bhaynes@nccert.org   


SARX 2016 will be a full scale, wilderness search and rescue mission, designed to offer operational experience in the challenging and diverse terrain found throughout eastern North Carolina. It will give search teams the opportunity to practice and improve their skills in: man-tracking, ground search, K-9s in their respective disciplines, mounted teams, communications, and support. SARX 2016 will be managed by following the NIMS system. You will have the opportunity to observe or participate in any position or job. All types of resources are welcome and will be deployed in the search exercise if applicable.

Registration and Description Forms Below:

Description Document Download

Registration Document Download

2016 Human Remains Detection Seminar

JANUARY 12, 2016 – WILSON NC – NC K9 E.R.T. will be holding our annual Human Remains Detection Seminar from April 21-24, 2016. For more information please download the following documentation. Completed forms should be emailed to HRD2016@NCCERT.ORG.

We look forward to seeing you again this year.  If you haven’t yet attended one of our seminars, we look forward to meeting you!

Relevant Documents:

Download the flyer  HERE
Download the Application and Registration document HERE

Instructors are listed below, along with our on-site vet:

Jan Scofield – Jan was born and brought up in upstate New York. In 1969 he went to work for Yates County Sheriff George Spike in his hometown of Penn Yan, New York. He worked in several different areas within the department and was elected Sheriff of Yates County in 1982. Jan started training bloodhounds, patrol dogs, and detector dogs during his time in that department. He initiated the first patrol dog program the department had. Also during his time at the Sheriff’s Office he became a master trainer for the North American Police Work Dog Association and National Trainer & Certifying Official for the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association. Jan also assisted the Municipal Police Training Council in writing and implementing the first New York State patrol and detector dog certification programs. He retired in 1991 and accepted a position as Canine Specialist with EG&G of Florida and the Kennedy Space Center in 1992. While at the Space Center he handled and trained ordnance and drug detector dogs and was responsible for astronaut protection. In 1998 he left the Space Center and came to the Titusville Police Department where he retired from on January 11, 2013. While at Titusville Police Department he was in charge of the K9 unit. He and his wife Marsha still reside in Titusville Florida.

Mickey Januszkiewicz – Retired Charleston Police Dept. in 2005, after 30 yrs.
She spent, 18 yrs as K9 handler, trainer, & supervisor, with the Charleston Police Dept. Mickey trained, worked & handled: Belgian Malinois / Dual-Purpose (K9 Remo, K9 Rurik, K9 Paddy). She is a NAPWDA Master Trainer for Utility, Narcotics and Cadaver. She is a member of South Carolina Search Dogs with her Labrador retrievers: K9 Abby and K9 Ruby (HRD) and a Dutch Shepherd: K9 Raylan (Trailing)

Fred Mendiola – Deputy Mendiola has been with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office since 2000 and a K9 Deputy since 2001 as a Bloodhound K9 Handler. Dep. Mendiola has been a Narcotics K9 Handler since 2005. He has received several awards for service with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to include: Law Enforcement’s Medal of Valor, J. Edgar Hoover Award, Deputy of the Year for the State of Florida through the Florida Sheriff’s Association. He is a member of NCMEC Team ADAM and FDLE CART, Orlando Region.

Chris Wood – Cpl. Wood has been with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in Jan. 2003 as a Corrections Deputy. He was a Field Training Officer (FTO) and promoted to Corporal in Sep. 2005. Chris has been a Bloodhound Handler from 2003 and a Cadaver K9 Handler since 2005. Cpl. Wood has received several awards for service with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office for Cadaver K9 calls for service. Chris is a FBI cadaver resource for the State of Florida, a member of NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) Team ADAM and FDLE CART, Orlando Region. He is an NCMEC/FBI cadaver Instructor and also holds an FDLE Instructor certification.

Cynthia Avery – has over 23 years in law enforcement, and is a retired Detective from the Ann Arbor Police Department in Michigan and holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. She has training and experience in search management and is a national instructor in the field of safety service background investigations; teaching law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. She brings her skills of homicide investigation, the investigation of violent death, evidence preservation, crime scene training, search and rescue report writing and courtroom testimony to her search and rescue instruction.

Cynthia was first introduced to the K9 Search and Rescue in 2006. She now contributes her time as an Air Scent and Human Remains Detection K9 Instructor. She has certified in Illinois Search and Rescue Council of Search Management and Technical Search Planning, holds a NASAR SAR Tech II certification and is a member of Michigan Search and Rescue, and the Klaas-Kids Foundation. She is on the deployment roster for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and a K-9 resource for the Missouri mutual aid disaster response. Cynthia holds K-9 certifications with the Network of Canine Detection Services, the North American Police Working Dogs Association, the International Police Working Dog Association and Country Class Canines in the disciplines of SAR Area Search, Air Scent, Advanced and Crime Scene Human Remains Detection, and Article Search.

She has instructed in the states of Michigan, Indiana and Florida. She has conducted presentations throughout the State of Michigan, Indiana, Manatee County Search and Rescue, Southwest Florida K9 Search Unit and National Network of Canine Detection Services.

Daniel “Mac” Morgan-entered into a career in Law Enforcement in 1973, he became a certified K-9 handler and master trainer in 1979. Mac was instrumental in implementation and was the master trainer for the first police department operated K-9 school for police patrol dogs in North Carolina. In 1986, he was awarded an advanced law enforcement certification by the State of North Carolina. After retiring, Mac became involved in Search and Rescue in 1993 and formed Carolina Canine Search and Rescue (renamed Wake Canine Search and Rescue, Inc. in 1996), where he served as President and Director of Training. He has served as Vice-President and President of the North Carolina Search and Rescue Advisory Council. In 1999 he formed North Carolina Canine Emergency Response Team, Inc. as part of North Carolina Task Force One (NCTF-1) where he served as President until 2006. He now serves as President / Chief of the North Carolina Canine Emergency Response Team, Inc. Mac is a member of NASAR (National Association for Search and Rescue) and certified instructor and evaluator. Mac has instructed K9 classes and seminars throughout the southeastern US.

Gordon Deno – has worked on Incident Management Teams locally, state-wide Gordon has been the Emergency Manager for Wilson County, NC since July 1993. He has worked for Wilson County since 1984. He has been involved in emergency services work for the last twenty-nine years including 911 dispatch, EMS, Fire Service, Hazardous Materials and Search and Rescue. Gordon was a search dog handler for ten years. He and his dog Duncan worked numeorus searches across the state and are responsible for locating several lost people. Together, they worked both lost persons searches as well as human remains searches. Duncan passed away in August 2010. Gordon is a NC Fire/Rescue instructor. He specializes in Incident Management and, and nationally including Hurricanes Charlie in Charlotte County Florida and Katrina in New Orleans Louisiana. He is the immediate Past President of the NC Emergency Management Association.

“Elle” De Ford PhD DVM – On site Vet
Dr. Elle comes to veterinary medicine as an extension of a successful career in physiological psychology/neuroscience. Her scientific studies in cognition, behavior and brain injury and recovery (e.g., trauma, disease, CBRNE exposure) across many different species, motivated her to expand her work from science to application in veterinary medicine. While completing her DVM at Colorado State University, she continued her research in diseased and injured wildlife both domestically and internationally. She has had the privilege of working with amazing rescued animals including elephants, koalas, raptors and many other wildlife species in their native countries. Dr. Elle also has interests in integrative medicine (e.g., rehabilitative, alternative, behavioral, nutrition, nutraceutical) and is certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (a neuro-anatomical, evidence based approach) specifically in small animal, large animal and exotics. She has a special place in her heart for working dogs; their unique physical and mental health needs and is trained in Tactical Canine Casualty Care as well as Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties. In her spare time, she has the privilege of volunteering for the search and rescue community, working to facilitate K9 performance through mental and physical well being, conditioning, treatment and recovery.

NC K9 Emergency Response Team Competes in National Fundraising Competition

NC K9 Emergency Response Team Competing For $5000.00 Grant-
Vote for us at K9 Contest, enter your information and use “NC K9 Emergency Response Team” for the department name!

WENDELL, NORTH CAROLINA – The North Carolina K9 Emergency Response Team is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Search and Rescue team based out of Wendell, North Carolina. NC K9 ERT has been nominated to participate in the 4th annual K9 fundraising competition sponsored by Aftermath Services. The winning K9 team, from anywhere in the country, will take home a check for $5000.00 that may be used for training and operations.

NC K9 ERT trains and promotes the working dog for search missions, and supports evaluations for search dogs. NC K9 ERT 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. Many of these calls include crime scenes and murder cases. Police Departments around the state rely heavily on NC K9 ERT’s highly trained Human Remains Detection K9’s to help bring home the lost, and missing whether the victim left voluntarily; for those with cognitive impairments or those who’ve been kidnapped and possibly murdered.

Because NC K9 ERT does not charge for their services, members must pay out of pocket not only to train but also for their response to searches in North Carolina and sometimes out of state. This can cost the average K9 Handler upwards of $2,500.00 or more per year per handler. Volunteer teams such as NC K9 ERT must obtain funding solely through donations and grants. This funding is normally used for training and team operations, offsetting K9 medical costs, responding to crime scenes and other searches or to provide continuing education for their handlers.

Assistant Chief Jack Thorpe of NC K9 Emergency Response Team stated the following about the contest: “I along with the many members of the North Carolina K9 Emergency Response Team are proud to participate in Aftermath Services K9 Contest for the first time in 2015. Our team is a dedicated group. They pay out of pocket to help the public. They drive for hours, train for years and work night and day to help bring home the lost and missing. I’m proud of our team, and I’m thankful that we have such a highly dedicated group of members who are willing to give so much of their time for such a noble cause. We know going to a search that we are there more often than not to “recover” then to “rescue”. We respond when the rescue teams have left. We get into the mess that is left behind and clean up whenever we can. We do it for two reasons. One, to bring home a missing person to their loved one. Second, because we love to serve the public. This is our way of giving back, so that the lost may come home and be at peace.”

NC K9 ERT members train hundreds of hours per year, requiring many certifications for both the handler and K9. It’s rigorous, unforgiving and relentless. Because of this, the team is requesting your vote in the 4th annual Aftermath Services K9 Competition. By voting for NC K9 ERT, the public can participate in bringing home the lost, with no out of pocket cost.

You can vote for the North Carolina K9 Emergency Response Team by visiting http://www.aftermath.com/k9contest. Once at the site, you may enter your vote on the right side of the page. Enter your name and email address along with the team name. In the Department Name field, please enter “NC K9 Emergency Response Team.” You can vote every day once per day. These funds will help offset out of pocket costs for the K9 handlers, and also provide for training and operational funding. Voting Closes November 3, 2015

About NC K9 ERT:
NC K9 ERT trains and promotes the working dog for search missions, and supports evaluations for search dogs. NC K9 ERT 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 K9 ERT 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.

More information can be found at the following sites:


About Aftermath Services:
Aftermath Services LLC is the premier, nation-wide crime scene clean up and biohazard remediation company. Call one of our local offices for crime scene cleanup, biohazard cleanup, death cleanup or blood spill cleanup, any time – day or night.

Since 1996, we have provided professional and compassionate services to families and employers who are dealing with the death of a friend or loved one due to suicide, homicide or industrial accidents. Our highly trained and caring field technicians are experienced in all the protocols necessary to return your home or business to a safe and livable condition. …
Aftermath’s crime scene cleanup teams have handled blood cleanup, communicable disease decontamination and specialty sanitization for thousands of crime scenes, hoarding situations and contaminated buildings. We understand that not only are these situations unexpected and upsetting, but they can also be dangerous and difficult to clean.

Our code of service, The Aftermath Way, is more than a cleaning regimen. We believe that our customers deserve the highest quality service while being treated with dignity and respect. We use discreetly marked vehicles to maintain confidentiality. We document the work we perform in detailed reports provided to you for your insurance company or compliance department.

Our company-owned network includes more than 32 regional and mobile offices, strategically located in major metropolitan centers around the country. Our locations are staffed with qualified and experienced crime scene cleanup professionals. We provide business and residential customers with a full range of biohazard remediation and cleaning assistance in cases involving homicide, suicide, unattended death, personal accidents, industrial accidents, tear gas, and communicable disease outbreaks.



American Guardians PSMC Raise Money and Awareness for NC CERT

SANFORD NC – The American Guardians MC showed a huge amount of support for our team this last week despite poor weather and rain. They hosted a motorcycle ride, and many other special events in Sanford to raise money and awareness for NC CERT. We can’t thank you enough. Article and link below:

“THE SANFORD HERALD – Despite gray skies and plenty of rain, the revving of motorcycles echoed throughout downtown Sanford Saturday afternoon as nearly 50 members of America’s Guardians Motorcycle Club rode in to attend the club’s fundraiser for the N.C. K9 Emergency Response Team at Depot Park.

“Mother nature didn’t really play nice,” said Club President Jerry “Saint” Read. “But it is what it is. [CERT] is just an amazing organization, and we’ll do what we can to help them.”

CERT is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization of current and former law enforcement officers which raises and trains dogs to help police agencies with search and rescue missions.”

See the full article here

NC CERT and Beaufort County NC Holds 2015 SAREX in Washington, NC – CANCELLED FOR 2015


Beaufort County, NC and NC CERT presents it’s 15th annual Search and Rescue exercise SARX 2015.  Please see the attached documentation for registration and sign-up.

All teams are highly encouraged to attend as this exercise is as close to real life as it gets. If you have any questions, please make contact with one of the persons listed on the attached flyer.

Lodging will be provided onsite in the form of cabin bunkhouses. Tent camping is available in the area as well. For those of you who want to camp and are bringing an RV, please contact one of the persons listed on the flyer to make arrangements. No hookups are available for campers or RV’s. Attendees should check in before setting up camp.

We look forward to seeing you again this year if you’ve attended previously. If you have not attended previously, we look forward to meeting you and working with you. 

2 Year Old Raleigh Boy Still Missing – Father Charged with Murder

(WRAL) RALEIGH NC – Investigators have arrested the parents of a missing 2-year-old boy, charging his father with murder and his mother with misdemeanor child abuse, Raleigh police said Thursday morning.

“Investigative developments overnight by Raleigh Police Department detectives have led the Tristan Blue missing-person case in a new direction,” spokesman Jim Sughrue said in a statement.

Steven Daniel Blue, 31, and Briana Loriel Dangerfield, 25, both of 5416 Portree Place, #1, Raleigh, were taken into custody Thursday morning. Blue was being held in the Wake County jail without bond; Dangerfield was jailed under a $100,000 bond.

Tristan’s body, however, has not been found, and police did not provide any other details about the case.

Read more at http://www.wral.com/missing-2-year-old-raleigh-boy-s-father-charged-with-murder/14306867/#YtqHKKUIy8zA4Iei.99

NC CERT Sonar Crew Locates Missing 15 Yr old Boater in Craven County

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC – Sonar crews from NC CERT responded to Craven County North Carolina on June 3, 2014 to search for a missing boater.  Tanner Webb, 15, of River Bend North Carolina fell from a boat that was operating on the Trent River in Craven County the day before, and did not return to the water surface.

Sonar crews from NC CERT deployed a Marine Sonic Side Scan Sonar to locate the missing boater at the request of Craven County Emergency Management.  At approximately 1pm, NC CERT located the missing boy on the river bottom.  Divers from Sidney dive team were then deployed to bring Tanner to the surface, and provide closure for his family and friends.

NC CERT extends our heartfelt condolences to Tanner’s loved ones.  This tragic event touched our hearts, and we hold up those who loved him in our prayers.

Follow the link below for the local news story and video on this tragic event.

Video of Incident

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