Team Members

Search Team Member Kristin

Kristin Smaltz

President
Alpha SAR III Searcher NASAR SARTECH II FUNSAR Instructor SARTECH II Evaluator NASDN Board Member

Nick Blackman

Alpha SAR III Searcher NASAR SARTECH II NASAR Tracking II FUNSAR Instructor Tracking Instructor SARTECH II Evaluator

Jesse Bazley

Treasurer
Alpha SAR III Searcher NASAR SARTECH II
Search Team Member Denise

Denise Kakas

Alpha SAR III Searcher NASAR SARTECH II

Erin Arkison

Secretary
Alpha SAR III Searcher NASAR SARTECH II

Miekie Schwartz

Alpha SAR III Searcher

Meriah Voight

Training Coordinator
Alpha SAR IV Searcher NASAR SARTECH II

Karl Heiman

Alpha SAR IV Searcher

Lisa Breaux

Alpha SAR IV Searcher

Erin Sziy

Public Relations Officer
Alpha SAR III Searcher NASAR SARTECH II

Justin O'Keefe

Alpha SAR IV

Jasmine O'Keefe

Alpha SAR IV Searcher

Wes Willoughby

Alpha SAR IV Searcher NASAR SARTECH II

Erin McKay

Alpha SAR IV Searcher

The Canines

Search and rescue canines are an important part to the team. These dogs are our own individual dogs. Click each profile to learn about them.

Alpha Search and Recovery HRD Canine Barrett

Barrett

Human Remains Detection
Nationally certified cadaver dog.
Human Remains Detection Canine Chase

Chase

Human Remains Detection
Nationally certified cadaver dog.
JH Dance Alpha SAR Human Remains Detection Texas Blue Lacy

Dance

Human Remains Detection
In training for Human Remains Detection.

Duchess

Human Remains Detection
In training for human remains detection.
Ehrlich

Ehrlich

Trailing
In training for trailing.
Trailing Canine Havok

Havok

Trailing & Human Remains Detection
Nationally certified trailing and cadaver dog.

Hermine

Human Remains Detection
In training for Human Remains Detection.
HRD K9 in training

Karma

Human Remains Detection
In training for human remains detection.

Maverick

Human Remains Detection
Nationally certified cadaver dog.
Human Remains Detection Canine Merlin

Merlin

Human Remains Detection
In training for human remains detection.
Trailing Canine Phoenix

Phoenix

Trailing (retired)
Retired trailing dog. Acts as an ambassador at events.
Human Remains Detection Canine Rocket

Rocket

Human Remains Detection
Nationally certified cadaver dog.

Sophie

Trailing
In training for trailing.

Watson

Trailing
In training for trailing.
More About Our Members

Members

All Alpha Search and Recovery members are certified to minimum team standards prior to be coming mission deployable. The standards held by Alpha SAR meet or exceed the NIMS and FEMA typing for wilderness search and rescue teams, with individuals meeting the training requirements for types I-IV. All fully operation members also must maintain a SARTECH II from the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR). With 3 NASAR instructors and evaluators, the team brings in various classes and certifications throughout the year. Check our calendar for upcoming events. Many of our members are canine handlers, but not all. We have quite a few ground searchers, UAV specialists, flankers, and other support staff. All canine handlers do act as ground searchers or flankers for other canines when they are not running their own canines.

Canine Members

Alpha Search and Recovery's canines are also fully certified prior to being deployable on a search. Each canine earns a certification to a national organization of the handler's choosing with a preference of organizations that adhere to NIMS and FEMA typing for canine training or to police work dog associations. Most dogs specialize in one discipline, but a few are cross-trained in various disciplines. The choice of discipline is up to the handler and the dog's strengths, but most handlers choose based on our most common call outs which are human remains detection or urban live searches (trailing).  
  1. Human Remains Detection 52%
  2. Trailing 38%
  3. Area Search 10%

In Memoriam

Alpha Search and Recovery members that are no longer physically with us, but will always be in our hearts.

Alpha Search and Recovery Wilderness Area Search, Air Scent, and Live Find Disaster Canine Qiefer

Qiefer

Area Search
Nationally certified wilderness area search and disaster search canine.