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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

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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