MARK9 goes into action after receiving a call for SAR assistance. Due to important legal parameters attendant with the search process, we cannot accept this type of call from the general public, however. The following may contact MARK-9 for SAR services:
- Fire department
- Law enforcement
- Government agency
- Recognized search agency with clearance from the law enforcement agency or fire department in charge of the search
Upon receipt of a request for assistance, the unit can be organized and ready to begin response within 20 minutes. Arrival time of the first dog and handler team on the scene will depend on the location of the incident.
If more dogs are needed, we do have access to a computerized database of additional teams. For calls more than 100 miles from the Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX metroplex, we can arrange for transportation through the Rescue Coordination Center at Langley Air Force Base.
We will, of course, respond whenever you call. However, the best results are achieved when we are notified early, because the victim hasn't traveled as far. In addition, an early call means weather, civilians, and time have not degraded the search scene.
Because we are volunteer organization, we do not normally respond to calls that request us to search for a suspected criminal or fugitive.