THE BURLINGTON COUNTY K-9 SEARCH & RESCUE DEPT.
TOM YOHNNSON- CHIEF
NICOLE YOHNNSON- K9 HANDLER
Burlington County K-9 Search & Rescue Dept. is a 501 c 3 Non-Profit Organization, recognized by the IRS. We are composed of highly trained and skilled volunteers. We are on call 24/7 365 days a year regardless of weather conditions. We proudly serve NJ, PA, MD, DE for emergency response and travel worldwide if needed.
**We are not county or state funded. We do various things to help raise money to help fund our dept. throughout the year to pay for our general insurance (to keep our dept. fully insured ), Various Vehicle Insurance, Vehicle Maintenance and Registration, Equipment & Repairs that may be needed.**
**We are strictly a “Volunteer” Organization – Donations are always appreciated, but not expected. Any Reward / Monetary funds offered will be considered as a donation to the dept., and will be used for those purposes solely. Donations help / aid in our future searches, so we remain always mission ready to serve families in need.**
The use of dogs in search & rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, and in locating missing people. Our dedicated K-9 handlers and well-trained K-9’s are required for use to be effective in search efforts. Search and rescue K-9’s are typically worked by a small team on foot, including K-9 Handler & SAR Tech’s.
Search and rescue K-9’s detect human scent. Although the exact processes are still researched, it may include skin rafts (scent-carrying skin cells that drop off living humans at a rate of about 40,000 cells per minute), evaporated perspiration, respiratory gases, or decomposition gases released by bacterial action on human skin or tissues. All of these components are factors when searching for missing people.