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Product Details

  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Dbs Productions; 1st edition (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879471310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879471313
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The text is informative but not so dry as to preclude a chuckle or two. It is also amazingly neutral..." -- Track & Sign Newsletter, Apr 2000

"This book is great...[it] describes in detail how this 'marriage' can be practically attained." -- Jim Shaffer, Instructor, National Police Bloodhound Association

About the Author

The authors bring over 45 years and hundreds of searches to the topic. Each is a recognized expert in their particular field. They all have a long list of searches, publications, and speaking invitations. All three are search course developers for the Virginia Department of Emergency Services search and rescue program.

More About the Author

Robert J. Koester joined the Appalachian Search & Rescue Conference in 1981 and since then has participated in hundreds of searches. His contribution to SAR include seminal research on lost person behavior, probability of detection, and missing aircraft. He is a Search Mission Coordinator and instructor for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management where he developed training for Incident Commanders. Robert has worked for or with the US Coast Guard, NASA, National Park Service, FEMA, and DHS S&T. He is the author of numerous books and articles on search and rescue. Robert has presented on many different search topics all around the world.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T.A.L. Dozer VINE VOICE on June 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a military tracker I found a lot of the information in this book applicable. Currently the military tracking program only entails visual trackers without argumentation from scent dogs, this is complete 180 from the mid-seventies when the Army maintained dedicated tracker team with visual and scent tracker capabilities. The military still utilize search (scent) dogs but the handlers are no longer given any instruction in the visual art of tracking. I believe that the use of dogs used with visual trackers is an excellent tool (not in all tactical scenarios) and it provides, both the dog and tracker to work to their fullest potential by complementing each other skills and attributes. Basically the dog can only follow a specific scent on the ground or in the air, but cannot read signs left behind by the "quarry". This is were the visual tracker comes in; he is trained to judge sign through reduction and deduction, obtaining valuable information from the sign. With this book it will introduce the pair and explain some of the misconceptions and expectations of both. It also covers skills, tactics and management for employment of both in a SAR environment. For its small size there is lot of information, what I really liked in particular was the end book matter; glossary, appendix, and index. All were very useful an in-depth. For a finale note this is geared toward SAR (search and rescue) but most of the information carries over to the tactical tracker, which by the way can be used in a CSAR (combat search and rescue) operation. Well worth the buy!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Del Morris on June 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
Just finished Greg Fuller's(et al) book on the (above) subject and I must say that this was an outstanding job accomplished. Long time needed.
We have often worked track trained searchers with dog handlers and have had good luck when they click together as a "team". This book helps work your man-trackers and dog handlers toward a search team concept that tends to be missing in todays SAR Unit.
Check it out ... I believe that Greg has lit on something that the ground SAR world needs to take a look at...
Keep your SAR Team, beating the brush and being active "team" members. Help them stay focused on the "team" concept without dividing into "my resource is better than your resource" camps. Allowing us to expose our SAR members to skills and tools that tickle their desire ... to be all that they can be, while avoiding building "empires" of these specialized SAR interests.
This book is written to maintaining your SAR "TEAM" to the benefit of the lost subject.
Reads easy and doesn't rub any raw spots (if you know what I mean ;)
This book will assist you, as a SAR member (or SAR Coordinator), from becoming too singularly focused on one SAR resource and this should be to the end advantage of more successful reunions of the lost person and their families.
Good job Greg!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on August 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
Having worked in this arena the tactics detailed and depicted in this book work. Having a place in which to go to get the perspectives of what the other is capable of has been needed for a long time. Working with a dog team is a practical use of each others skills and also lets the reader (if a student of tracking) know what it is they need to work on in order to become the best they can be. The book is full of usefull, practical information for both sides of the fence. Those resources in the field as well as the search manager. Excellent, to the point, time proven, non bogus information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheGreenFlame on November 19, 2010
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The perspectives of the different approaches (tracker, dog handler, medical emergency team) were most interesting. This book is helpful for establishing a common platform for a diverse search team. Interesting references and case studies.
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