K9 SAR volunteer training and certification

Great Basin K9 Search & Rescue (GBK9SAR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization with operational members in Weber, Summit, Utah, and Salt Lake Counties. Our mission is to train K9 SAR teams and certify them to the highest standards in order to provide K9 SAR services—at no cost—to public safety organizations throughout the Intermountain West.


Example deployment

  • An overdue hiker or hunter in a wilderness area

  • A critical missing child or Alzheimer’s patient who has wandered away

  • A drowning victim in a lake or river

  • A victim buried in an avalanche

  • An area with disarticulated or buried human remains

  • A missing person where suicide or homicide is suspected


Tri-State K9 SAR member

GBK9SAR is a proud member of Tri-State K9 SAR, an association of search dog teams from across the Intermountain West (Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and Nevada). Tri-State has established a rigorous set of certification standards and all member groups have agreed not to field any dog teams that have not met these standards. We also have additional Great Basin K9 SAR standards which require “out of area” evaluators and a separate GBK9SAR open and shoreline water search standards.