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HRD Land Advanced Scenarios
November 6-7, 2020

Target Audience: Certified teams, or teams that have completed the Beginner and Intermediate workshop. Teams from local, state and federal levels will experience scenarios designed to mimic recent Human Remains Detection deployments.

Topics: 6 unique full body scenarios that handlers can search as blind or known exercises including; wide area, shoreline, vehicles, primary and secondary searches.   No formal instruction will be provided but participants will be guided through each station by experienced HRD handlers and instructors that will provide them feedback. At each station handlers will have the opportunity to practice their search strategy briefing skills with the group leader, work the scenario as a single blind or known exercise, and report their recommendations based on the results of their search.

Availability: Space is limited to 30 working spots. Unlimited auditor spots available.

Schedule: November 6 – Scenarios 0900 – 1600

November 7 – Scenarios 0900 – 1600

Cost: Working Spot (1 dog only) $400, Auditor Spot $200

Meals: Lunches will be provided each day.

Hotels: A block of rooms will be held near the training site. Upon completing your registration, you will receive an email with hotel information so that you can reserve your room.

1. Dog must be at least 12 months old and have at least 6 months of HR training at the time of the workshop.
2. You should have, or be preparing to take a HRD Land certification from a national or state agency. If you have a current certification a copy can be uploaded during the registration process.
3. Dog must be current on core vaccinations per AAHA Core Vaccines: Rabies, and Combination vaccine (Distemper, Adenovirus-2, Parvovirus, +/- Parainfluenza). Current titers also accepted. Information can be found at:

Copies can be emailed to and must be provided at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the course.

Payment must be received for registration to be complete. Once the registration form is complete you will receive a receipt and email confirmation.



November 6, 2020 - November 7, 2020


Xenia, OH

We provide agencies the support to maximize efficiency and effectiveness during the critical phases of planning and operations of missing person cases. We also assist with development or review of best practices for search operations. Our subject matter experts can assist with mapping and GPS, search strategies and tactics, and utilization of civilian organizations.

We facilitate training and exercises to challenge all skill levels and accomplish the training objectives of every client. We provide a dynamic learning environment focused on the cultivation and utilization of Subject Matter Experts as instructors, facilitators, evaluators and controllers. We promote multi-disciplinary collaboration to maximize the effectiveness of search and recovery operations by incorporating resources from law enforcement, fire rescue, emergency management, government and civilian organizations.

Deana Hudgins


  • B.S. Geology – University of Akron
  • MBA Management and Strategy – Western Governor’s University
  • Executive Director – Ohio Search and Recovery Canines
  • Canine Search Specialist – FEMA Ohio Task Force One
  • Research Associate/Program Manager – The Ohio State University, GIS/GPS and Water Quality
  • Subject Matter Expert – American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Dogs and Sensors Committee
  • Lead Evaluator – National Association for Search and Rescue
  • Chief Examiner – Alliance for Emergency Response Instructors and Examiners
  • Instructor – FEMA Canine Search Specialist Course
  • SAR Liaison – North American Police Work Dog Association

Deana Hudgins has 18 years of experience in the field of Search and Rescue. She is the Executive Director and a Founding Member of Ohio Search and Recovery Canines. She is also a Canine Search Specialist for FEMA Ohio Task Force 1 working both human remains detection and live find canines.

For the past 11 years, she has traveled the country as an instructor, evaluator, and facilitator for search and rescue classes and workshops. Deana specializes in human remains detection; water, land and disaster, as well as wilderness and disaster live find. She has responded to hundreds of missing person searches for local, state and federal agencies. She frequently consultes as a subject matter expert for large scale training exercises and cases, providing guidance in search strategy and planning, resource management, mapping and data collection. During her years as an instructor, Deana repeatedly saw that there was a lack of resources and training opportunities to fully prepare agencies to respond to search and recovery missions. She established the Center for Forensic Training and Education to ensure that any organization involved with the search and recovery of missing persons has access to real world, hands on, customizable training opportunities.

We are committed to advancing industry wide knowledge and capabilities by supporting scientific research and its practical applications through in-person and distance learning opportunities. If you are an instructor or subject matter expert, we want to help you develop your knowledge and skills into courses that will reach audiences throughout the forensics and search and recovery community. We can provide you with outreach to potential clients, course development and facilitation.

Kathleen Kelsey

Online Program Director

  • MS Animal Science – University of Missouri-Columbia
  • MBA Business Administration – Columbia College
  • Canine Search Specialist – FEMA Missouri Task Force One
  • Canine Handler – McLean County Illinois EMA
  • CEO – Working Dog Enterprises, LLC
  • Director – Calvary Canine
  • Evaluator – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Search Dog Alliance (NSDA),
  • Alliance of Emergency Response Instructors and Examiners (AERIE).
  • Instructor – FEMA Canine Search Specialist

Kathleen has been training search and rescue dogs since 2003 and is a Canine Search Specialist for FEMA Missouri Task Force One and McLean County Illinois EMA. She works both live find and human remains detection dogs and provides K9 assets for local law enforcement and deploys around the country in response to natural and manmade disasters. Kathleen also serves an instructor and evaluator for multiple national search dog organizations and provides training instruction and certification for K9 teams to help ensure superior canine resources are available to communities in their time of need. Kathleen is the owner of Working Dog Enterprises which specializes in advancing the detection dog through research and education. She is also the founder of Calvary Canine, a non-profit that provides training support to search and rescue dogs. Kathleen is committed to the education of K9 handlers and joined the Center for Forensic Training and Education as their Online Program Manager to ensure quality training is accessible to handlers of every skill level and affiliation.

Nick Fathergill

Training Director

  •  B. S. in Civil Engineering - Ohio University
  • Professional Engineer - Licensed State of Ohio
  • Firefighter II
  • Paramedic
  • Fire Safety Inspector
  • EMS Instructor
  • Fire Instructor
  • Firefighter/Paramedic - Beavercreek Township Fire Department
  • Canine Search Specialist - FEMA Ohio Task Force One
  • Canine Search Specialist - Ohio Region III Strike Team
  • Canine Handler - Ohio Search and Recovery Canines

Nick Fathergill, a Training Director who works with many different groups to facilitate experiences that replicate real life scenarios. Nick, believes there is no substitute for a realistic training environment and by creating a life like scenario participants are immersed in the real decision making process. After working for nearly a decade as a Professional Engineer for a large engineering and architecture firm, Nick took a different career path becoming a professional Firefighter/Paramedic as well as a Canine Search Specialist for Ohio Task Force One. Nick holds certifications or licenses as a State of Ohio Professional Engineer, Firefighter II, Paramedic, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire and EMS Instructor. Nick currently handles a FEMA Certified Disaster Live Find canine and a FEMA Certified Disaster Human Remains Detection canine who holds dual certifications with FEMA and North American Police Working Dog Association. Nick resides in Southwest Ohio with his wife of 13 years and two children.