The Handlers

Canine handlers spend numerous hours every week training with their K9 companion.  Handlers must be proficient in various areas of Search and Rescue techniques from Lost Person Behavior to Crime Scene Protection to Wind Patterns to name a few.  Additionally, they must be able to read and support their K9 partner as he/she works.  The training is rigorous and mentally demanding.  Handlers must be in good physical condition as well as able to read maps, utilize GPS systems, perform briefing/debriefings, coordinate with team members, and provide basic canine and human First Aid as needed.  In addition, handlers must be knowledgeable in NIMS and ICS systems.

Chris Holmberg

Position:
FAS Team/Dog Handler/President
Joined the Team:
November 2010
Certifications:
Level 1 and Level 2
FEMA Training & Related Coursework:
National Incident Management System (NIMS), Basic Incident Command System (B-ICS), Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, National Response Framework, Emergency Support Functions #9

Description:
When not working and training with Mark9, Chris is a CPA and CFO for a construction company. In her off time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, camping, backpacking, and snowshoeing.

 

Mike Holmberg

Position:
FAS Team/Dog Handler/Logistics Officer
Joined the Team:
April 2011
Certifications:
Level 1 and Level 2
FEMA Training & Related Coursework:
National Incident Management System (NIMS), Basic Incident Command System (B-ICS), Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, National Framework, Emergency Support Functions (ESF) #9

Description:
When not working with Mark9, Mike is a Senior Corporate Investigations Manager for a major retailer and is a Certified Forensic Investigator. During his free time, Mike enjoys hunting, camping, spending time with the family, and snowshoeing in the winter.

 

Jerry Seevers

Position:
Dog Handler/Canine Trainer/Classroom Instructor/Logistics Officer/Board Member
Joined the Team:
March 1996
Certifications:
Mark9 Level 1 and Level 2, NASAR Tech 1 & 2, AFRCC Inland Search Management, WMD Instructor course, NIH Mass Casualty Incident Course, Dallas FD Rescue Systems, Texas Classroom Instructor
FEMA Training & Related Coursework:
National Incident Management System (NIMS), Basic Incident Command System (B-ICS)

Description:
Having spent time in the Active Army, National Guard and Reserves as a helicopter pilot who had participated in missing military personnel rescue, he moved into civilian search and rescue with his first dog, Shadow, a female Siberian Husky, who was awarded a place in the Oklahoma Pet Hall of Fame. His current partner is Gypsy, an Australian Shepherd who has been awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Dallas PD. In civilian life, he spent 25 plus years in the transportation field and now owns a barber shop. He has been married to Linda for almost 50 years, a father of three and grandfather of four.

Christian Hornbeck

Position:
FAS Team/ K9 handler
Joined the Team:
2011
Certifications:
Level 1 and Level 2
FEMA Training & Related Coursework:
National Incident Management System (NIMS)100, 200, 317, 318, 809, 706, Basic Incident Command System (B-ICS), Cpr-first aide, Canine Cpr, Hazmat, Crime scene preservation, bloodborne pathogen.

Description:
 Christian started in Search and Rescue in California in 2009 with her first K9, Kane. After moving to Texas in 2011 she joined Mark 9 and Kane become certified with the team. She  took a break in 2014 and rejoined the team in 2016. When not working and training with Mark9, Christian enjoys camping, hiking, and being outdoors. She enjoys taking Raine to dock diving events whenever possible. She enjoys spending time with family and especially her grandchild.

 

Kevin Pirtle

Position:
FAS Team/ K9 handler
Joined the Team:
 
Certifications:
  
FEMA Training & Related Coursework:
  Coming soon

Description:
   Assistant instructor for American Mantrailing Police and Working Dog Association and instructor for International Bloodhound Training Institute

 

 

 

Lyle Selzler

Position:
FAS Team/ K9 handler
Joined the Team:
 
Certifications:
  
FEMA Training & Related Coursework:
  Coming soon

Description:
   Assistant  instructor for International Bloodhound Training Institute

 

Zephrin Allen

    
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Position:
FAS Team/Dog Handler
Joined the Team:
2016
Certifications:
Level 2
FEMA Training & Related Coursework:
National Incident Management System (NIMS), Basic Incident Command System (B-ICS)

Description:
 

Cindy Slezler

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Position:
FAS Team/Dog Handler
Joined the Team:
 
Certifications:
Level 1 and Level 2
FEMA Training & Related Coursework:
National Incident Management System (NIMS), Basic Incident Command System (B-ICS),

Description: