Dog Teams

Dog teams consist of very dedicated NORSAR volunteers, who, with their dogs, spend countless hours training in all weather conditions to prepare their dogs for real search situations. Whether they are training an air scent dog, a trailing dog or a cadaver(HRD) dog, NORSAR dog teams train in mock searches so that when they are called upon they are ready. NORSAR utilizes the Oregon Police Dog Association to certify canines under the Oregon State Sheriff Association Standards.  NORSAR deploys only certified dogs on searches.

 MEET OUR DOG TEAMS

Ariel and Koen

Ariel and Koen

Ariel Salzman has been active in Search and Rescue since moving to Oregon in 2002. She is a doctor of physical therapy, and works full time as an outpatient orthopedic specialist. Additionally, she lectures regarding work safety and fitness to search and rescue and law enforcement professionals. She also is a certified Red Cross Instructor of CPR/First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer (Basic EMT.)  In her spare time outside of SAR and work, Ariel enjoys trail running, rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her dogs.  Koen is a male German Shepherd who has his Wilderness Airscent certification. When he is not training for SAR, he enjoys long hikes in the woods or on the beach, playing fetch, cuddling with his kitten best friend, and sleeping on the bed.

Ian and Cora

Ian and Cora

Ian Gilbert-Ghormley was involved in search and rescue from 1999 to 2003 with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post. After leaving to earn a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from Washington State University, Ian returned to join NORSAR in 2009 to train a search and rescue K9. He teaches land navigation and other subjects to new NORSAR recruits and enjoys supporting his teammates in trainings and searches. Ian has an EMT Basic Certification to help provide care for lost subjects. When Ian is not training with his search dog Cora, he is spending time with his wife and baby girl.  Cora is a smart and energetic chocolate lab, certified by the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association in Wilderness Air Scent. She is trained to detect any human scent in an area of land and lead Ian back to the person. She loves the game of tug she gets to play after she finds someone and plowing through the woods to search.

Erika Cuscaden & Azrael

Erika Cuscaden

 

Erika Cuscaden & Azrael – Trailing

Sean Carroll & Slade

Sean Carroll & Slade

 

Sean Carroll & Slade – HRD

Sean Carroll first certified as an Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association search and rescue responder in 2010 and as a HRD K9 handler in 2017. His K9 Slade is Nationally Certified with Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States and with the Oregon State Sheriffs Association in Human Remains Detection. Slade is a Belgian Malinois that Sean adopted from the rescue Woof Project. Sean and Slade spend approximately 400 hours a year training.

Sean has been volunteering since 1991 when he joined the American Red Cross and Southern Nevada Volunteer First Aid and Rescue Association. While working as an electric sign installer in Las Vegas he went to night school to earn his EMT Basic. During his time living in Las Vegas he worked as a sign installer, radio technician and security contractor.

Sean is also a Amateur Radio Operator holding an Extra class license. He was a member of the United States Air Force MARS program from 1993 – 2016. He was the Oregon State MARS Director from 2005 – 2016.