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.

 
Sonja and Izzy

Sonja and Izzy

Sonja Hultsman has been an active member of search and rescue since 2004. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Health from Oregon State University, holds a Certificate in Emergency Management, and is certified in CPR/First Aid. When she is not participating in Search and Rescue activities she is caring for her son, a future volunteer, and volunteering for the City of Gresham Fire Rehab Unit.  Izzy is a female German Shepherd certified in  Human Remains Detection.  She always has an on-the-go type of attitude.  In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her friend Kousa, a German Shepherd, and waiting for handouts from Ian her human friend.

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.

Bridget and Rowan

Bridget and Rowan

Bridget Quinn joined NORSAR in 2010 and is NORSAR’s Director of SAR Personnel. Bridget is a Journeyman Inside Electrician with IBEW Local 48.  She spends much of her free time outdoors, hanging out with her two dogs or enjoying Portland’s music scene.  Rowan is an Australian Shepherd and Border Collie mix rescued from a shelter in Kennewick, WA.  Rowan is certified in Wilderness Air Scent and is always ready to go.  Search and Rescue suits her well, as she zips through the woods and loves nothing more than the game of “Go Find.”

Rory and Georgia

Rory and Georgia

Rory Read first certified as an Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association search and rescue responder in 2008 and is currently certified for SAR by both the Benton and Clackamas County Sheriffs’ Offices. He has an Amateur Radio Technician (ham radio) License, is a Portland Bureau of Emergency Management Neighbourhood Emergency Team (CERT) member, has taken the Emergency Response Institute Search Management Systems curriculum, has a Universal Tracking Services Track Aware certificate and is certified by NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute as a Wilderness First Responder.  Rory is a graduate of National Outdoor Leadership School mountaineering and wilderness expedition courses and has extensive back country travel and climbing experience in the US, Asia, Africa and South America. He works for the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation.Rory and his German Shepherd Dog, Georgia, first certified as an Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association wilderness air scent dog team in 2009, and they have certified two additional times since then. Georgia saved the life an elderly gentleman who had wandered away from his rural home in Linn County. Georgia found him immobile and non responsive after being missing for over 24 hours in heavy vegetation approximately a 1/3 of a mile from his home. She saved the life of a second man, finding him alive but in need of medical attention in a hole in the ground in sub-zero weather after being missing for over 4 days in Wasco County.

 Georgia and Rory have responded to searches in over 10 different counties in Oregon and Washington. Georgia, who is a bit of a delicate princess, is in it for jars of baby food and a rubber toy on a rope. She is now training for a trailing certification.