Juan de Fuca SAR is proud to have Michelle Toulmin and Rolf, a German Shepherd, as their K9 Team. Michelle, and Rolf first validated for Area Search certification with the BC Search Dog Association (BCSDA), under the Supervision of Senior RCMP Dogmasters in 2012.
Since Michelle and Rolf first validated they have trained in many aspects of GSAR K9 work, including high angle exercises with Rolf in rappel harness, helicopter access work, including hovering entry and egress, and helicopter longline access.
As a K9 Unit, Michelle and Rolf have succeeded in locating 14 subjects to date on official EMBC tasks.
Michelle and Rolf first certified as members of South Columbia SAR, based out of the West Kootenays, and came to JdF SAR in 2014, as our first certified K9 Unit.
Michelle is always looking for assistance from SAR members and the public for training opportunities in the Sooke to Port Renfrew area. Anyone who may be interested in coming out (children welcome) and volunteer to be ‘searched for’ and ‘found’ by Rolf in local Parks and Recreation areas is invited to contact her by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is how Michelle and Rolf stay in practice between official search tasks. Rolf is great with children, and loves to pose for photos with the kids after having fun searching!