This year, we are excited to have Ms. Teresa MacPherson as our HRD instructor. Teresa has a long and impressive history in K9 Search and Rescue, specializing in Human Remains K9 search since 1992. Teresa has certified multiple canine partners in wilderness, disaster, HRD and water.
Teresa has deployed in the United States for various local and national agencies, including the FBI, CIA and NCIS, and on significant events such as the OKC bombing, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, Superstorm Sandy and the Oso mudslide. Teresa has also deployed internationally to the Bam, Iran earthquake, the school collapse in Haiti, the Haiti earthquake, the Japan earthquake/tsunami, the Nepal earthquake and the Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Teresa has been sharing her vast knowledge of K9 HRD search through teaching and evaluating handlers, resources and programs throughout the United States and in Turkey, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Australia. She chaired the FEMA Canine Sub-Group for nine years and has been a member of both the NIMs SAR Working Group and SWGDOG (now NIST), among various other K9 SAR organizations. She has also worked with Virginia Task Force One and the Virginia Search and Rescue Dog Association.
Teresa exudes a calm and quiet confidence while teaching, which lets the handler relax and focus on the task at hand. Her support and individualized feedback during each exercise provides a unique opportunity to learn and practice specific skills. Teresa has also agreed to give us some classroom time where she will share experiences from, and knowledge of, the realities of HRD K9 search.
We thank Teresa for pulling herself away from Virginia, her husband and Labradors so that we may learn from her and have a great time in the Pacific Northwest!