Information for deploying a search dog:
Search dog mobilisation should be directed through the New Zealand Police, either local or by the 111 system - if however the dogs and handlers are deployed by other means, then the NZ Police should be notified as soon as possible thereafter.
Dogs must be called early, dogs should be called while there is still a chance of finding the victim or victims alive - not after all else has failed!
When search dogs are deployed, ensure that further operational dogs and their handlers are put in a state of readiness in case further resources are required. Don’t forget, dogs can work equally well in the dark.
All operational handlers are fully equipped and have the relevant expertise and knowledge of the environment. If the location of the person(s) is unable to be reached on foot this should also be explained to the dog advisor so as winching equipment can accompany the dog teams.