20
Mar

Julie Cowan, Founder of Search and Rescue Dogs Australia Inc (SRDA) will be presenting a Keynote Address at the Australian & New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (SAR) on the 6 May 2015 at Jupiters Gold Coast.

The conference brings together leading search and rescue practitioners to discuss challenges of preparing, deploying and operating search and rescue. The aim of the conference is to facilitate sharing, knowledge and experience between the different search and rescue agencies, enterprises, communities and professionals. Presentations will cover air, sea, land-based, urban, wilderness, domestic and overseas search and rescue.

Julie Cowan and River
Julie and her Search Dog, River

Julie Cowan founded Search and Rescue Dogs Australia Inc. (SARDA) in 1994 as trainer and training coordinator.  SARDA Victoria currently has five operational USAR Dog Search teams capable of deploying nationally and internationally.

Julie and her Search Dog, River, were the first Australian Search Dog Team to be awarded the National Emergency Medal for their contribution following the Black Saturday bush fires.  She has current international Disaster Search Dog specialist qualifications, including FEMA CSS (USA Federal Emergency Management Agency Canine Search Specialist) and the Instructor’s Certificate from National Search and Rescue Dogs Association in the UK – NSARDAUK.

Julie was a member of the consultative committees which assisted with the development of the Australian Urban Search & Rescue Canine Capability Best Practice Guideline Version 1.1 (November 2009) and A Strategic Framework for Volunteer Search Dogs in Australia: a guide for future action (2014). Julie also initiated and managed the delivery of Australia’s first FEMA Canine Search Specialist Course in 2014.



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