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Introducing the IRO

by IRO President Markus Bock

IRO members worldwide The IRO Executive Board The IRO Office (Salzburg/Austria)


¡Hola! IRO-member RESCATE K-SAR


Training, Testing Events, Competition & Courses


Upgrade of the IRO Training Grounds


An overview of IRO dates in 2017


Focus on events in 2017


IRO teams in deployment


IRO and INSARAG – a strong partnership


How the IRO sets standards


The IRO Financial Report

An interview with IRO deputy Francisco Gomez of the “Fundacion para la Gestion del Riesgo RESCATE K-SAR”

IRO International Rescue Dog Organisation

T.: +43 662 82 65 26 - 0 F.: +43 662 82 65 26 - 20

Moosstr. 32 5020 Salzburg, AUSTRIA

Thank you Dear rescue dog handlers, supporters and sponsors, dear friends of search and rescue dog sports. It has been 25 years since, as a reaction to the horrid earthquake in Armenia in 1986, the International Rescue Dog Organisation was founded. An organisation which has set itself the goal to provide the best trained search and rescue dog teams for various purposes. This goal has become a success story over the last 25 years. While IRO started out working with predominantly European partners in its founding years, it has developed into a truly international organisation over the years. Due to the IRO’s rapid development, new ground which accounts for this internationality, is to be broken within the organisation. Regarding its organisational structure, the IRO is to be adjusted, while certainly nothing that has proven its worth should be thrown overboard. The organisation is to be further developed with metes and bounds in a way that allows it to fulfil its own goals also in the future. As President of IRO, I am thankful that, within the Executive Board as well as through the member organisations, this path is supported, criticism is made in an objective and constructive style, and therewith, the IRO’s development can be furthered in a predominantly consensual way. At the center of this development there should certainly be efficiency in Training and Deployment. Especially in the area of mission preparation, existing paths and structures are to be reconsidered, re-evaluated and potentially revised. Regarding the acquisition of financial means, there have also been new considerations in order to give IRO, at least, a second financial pillar. A shop providing an attractive offer to both SAR dog handlers and other mission forces, and, of course, to donors, is currently in development. This goes alongside the IRO website relaunch. The website has been online for half a year and has so far received consistent positive feedback. A professional online appearance as well as one’s presence in social media is today, more than ever, an absolute „must-have“ and substantially contributes to the organisation’s financing. This was also the reason to add one more staff member to the Office in Salzburg. Besides looking into the future, an annual report should also highlight the past year. As one highlight I want to emphasize the 23rd IRO WCH in Ebreichsdorf: An event which left nothing to be desired in regards to its execution and professionalism. I would like to express my gratitude to ÖGV by this means again. To conclude, I want to thank you, esteemed dog handlers and supporters of IRO, for your tireless commitment, and hope to be able to count on you again in the future. As described above, a long way lies ahead of us. I am, however, convinced that we will handle all challenges that may come our way. This can only be done in cooperation with you and in a consensual way, and I may ask you to remain loyal to IRO and keep supporting the organisation as commitedly as you have done so far.

Yours respectfully

Markus Bock President of the IRO Executive Board

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IRO members worldwide

117 national member organisations from


AMERICA Argentina Brazil Canada Chile Colombia Mexico Uruguay USA


The IRO has been constantly growing since its foundation and, by 31.12.2016, comprised 117 national rescue dog organisations in 42 countries worldwide. The diversity of the various organisations ranges from small associations to professional expert organisations that are funded by the state.

Since 2017, we may put our trust in three new, highly specialised member organisations: »» Društvo reševalnih psov Nova Gorica – DRPNG (SI) »» Društvo enota vodnikov reševalnih psov Ljubljana – EVRPL (SI) »» Sirius, z.s. (CZ)


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Austria Belgium Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Hungary Italy Netherlands Norway Poland Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom

Japan Malaysia Russia Saudi Arabia South Korea Thailand United Arab Emirates

AFRICA South Africa

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Honour to whom honour is due The world's most ambitious countries 2017 All year round, the IRO offers to its member organisations the opportunity to demonstrate their competences and qualities through testing events, mission readiness tests and competitions. The NROs receive IRO subsidies in accordance with a strict performance principle. This ensures that IRO grants are used for their purpose and according to the high quality standards of the IRO.


Associated member organisations


The classification of IRO member organisations takes place in a two-year rhythm. It is checked whether the respective organisation is a National rescue-dog organisation, a National rescue-dog handling organisation or an associated member organisation. With the classification in 2017, IRO has:

National search and rescue dog handling organisations

*The IRO points are used for illustrating a country's performance during a year. The number of IRO points is calculated based on the distribution key, which is also used for calculating subsidies.

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National search and rescue dog organisations

over 400 IRO points* 150-400 IRO points* up to 150 IRO points*


The IRO Executive Board As governing body, the IRO Executive Board operates based on the constitution, the Rules and Regulations, and the resolutions of the Meeting of the Delegates. The President represents the IRO internally and externally and together with the two Vice Presidents, forms the Executive Committee. The Department heads are responsible for matters of deployment, training and Int. IRO Judges, public relations and financing. Selected Deputies supplement and support the Board members in their work.

1st Vice President

2nd Vice President

Spokesperson for Deployment

Ida Bårris - DK

Dr. vet. med. Vedran Babić - HR

Denny Stübling - DE

Ida Bårris has extensive experience in setting up large-scale events and successfully organised the 21st IRO World Championship for Rescue Dogs in Ålborg (DK). She also makes a valuable contribution to the organisation as a certified IRO Trainer.

As a practising veterinarian, USAR team member, IRO Trainer and successful participant of numerous IRO competitions, testing events and training programs, Vedran Babić can be rightly described as an expert and genuine representative of IRO standards.

With his diverse background in the fields of search dog work and hazard prevention, Denny Stübling meets all the requirements of his position, not only due to his numerous missions, but also based on his USAR expertise.

Deputy for Asia Hidehiro Murase - JP Deputy for Latin America Francisco Gómez - CO


Deputy Spokesperson for Deployment Linda Hornisberger - CH

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President Markus Bock - AT As Sen. Instruction Officer USAR Austrian Armed Forces and Team Leader of the “Austrian Forces Disaster Relief Unit” (AFDRU), Markus Bock has already demonstrated his expertise in numerous missions, such as in Turkey, Iran and Sri Lanka. As an IRO delegate, he has a close cooperation with INSARAG (International Search and Rescue Advisory Group) and works together with the DACH Working Group on rescue dog planning. The International Rescue Dog Organisation is pleased to work with Markus Bock as a renowned expert on disaster missions.

Spokesperson for Public Relations and Marketing

Spokesperson for Finance

Daniel Sedlák - CZ

Vedran Vukomanović - HR

Charlotte Kranz - AT

The international IRO and FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale) Judge Daniel Sedlák has been transferring his expertise to IRO members since 2000. The Spokesperson for Training and Judges not only shines in theory. Daniel Sedlák already demonstrated his know-how during numerous national and international missions. Deputy Spokesperson for Training and Judges Arnold Landauer - AT Jerneja Ternovec - SI

Along with his long-term experience as an active dog handler, Vedran Vukomanović is highly competent in the areas of marketing, event management and PR. The creative mind is outstanding in his expertise in new/social media and has an excellent network in media.

Spokesperson for Training and Judges

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The MRT certified IRO Judge and Classifier for AFDRU rescue dogs is active in Area search even beyond Austria. As a financial expert, handling numbers is childs' play for her, and she is responsible for the financial affairs of the IRO.

Deputy Spokesperson for Finance Monja Raich - AT


General Secretary Mag. Gunter Schobesberger, LLM.oec. As an economic and legal expert, Gunter Schobesberger heads the IRO Office. His tasks are both the operational and strategic leadership and direction of the organisation. Therefore, all areas of management fall under his area of responsibility.

Office & Donor Management

Department for Training and Judges

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Kathrin Schiestl

Dr. Andrea Thuma

The organisational wizard and media technician Kathrin Schiestl is the central point of contact for all NROs and other interested parties. She is responsible for office management, membership requests, shop orders, supporting the donors and for the IRO training grounds.


As a graduate in political science and an experienced educational and project consultant, Andrea Thuma gained extensive experience in the fields of training and events. She is responsible for the IRO training program and thus for all testing events, courses and other activities.

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The IRO Office The IRO Office is located in Salzburg (AT) and provides organisational and functional support to the Executive Board and the delegates. The office consists of an interdisciplinary team of legal, economic, political, communications, media and sports experts. The office is the contact point for inquiries and NROs, it is the communication centre and handles sponsorship issues, manages donations and looks after the organisation of the training programs, modules, testing events and certifications, as well as internal and external representation.

Depart. for Deployment Agnes Kraushofer, MA Austria, the Netherlands, Canada - Agnes Kraushofer has extensive international experience in tourism management and the leisure sector. She is the expert for the IRO Module System and large-scale events such as the MRT, and for the ongoing development of the Department for Deployment.

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Depart. for Marketing & PR

IRO Trainee

Adelheid Rainer, MA

Luise Badergruber, BA

Corporate identity, marketing and PR - these are the areas of expertise of the qualified design and project manager Adelheid Rainer. She is responsible for the IRO’s marketing activities, as well as for press and event support.

As a student for communication studies Luise Badergruber has a wide range of expertise. The commited Upper Austrian is especially involved in tasks of the Departments for Deployment, Training and Marketing.


¡Hola! IRO-member RESCATE K-SAR Interview with IRO-Deputy Francisco Gomez of the „Fundacion para la Gestion del Riesgo RESCATE K-SAR” For years, Francisco Gomez, President of the „Fundacion para la Gestion del Riesgo RESCATE K-SAR” (RESCATE K-SAR) and IRO Deputy for America, has been committed to providing the highest standards of quality in rescue dog training. His organisation has been a member of the International Rescue Dog Organisation since 2004. Mr. Gomez, you achieved the change of your NRO’s status from an associated to a national rescue dog handling member organisation. How did you achieve this and what does it mean to you and your organisation? First of all I would like to say that we are very happy about this achievement and that it is a joint effort of many people and organisations in Colombia. When joining the IRO more than ten years ago, we mistakenly believed that a single group would be able to achieve that goal. But along the way we understood that joining forces is how we were really going to achieve it. Nowadays, most of the people who work in training search dogs in my country do it in a coordinated and decentralized way.


How is search and rescue dog work valued in Columbia? In recent years this work has taken much importance in our rescue groups. Now more than ever, it is necessary that with the increase of the units working with search dogs, a unique standard for evaluation and certification is established. I can proudly say that the National Firefighters Direction of Colombia has standardised its search and rescue dog work which is strongly based on the IRO´s evaluation system.

Why did you become an IRO member? Although our regulations for evaluating our performance have already been very demanding and accepted worldwide, we wanted to be sure

that our dogs were really trained according to international standards. So we decided to join the IRO.

How many search and rescue dogs are deployed on behalf of RESCATE K-SAR? Thanks to the fact that dogs from different entities such as the Firefighters, the Colombian Red Cross, the National Army and other organisations have been evaluated and certified at this time, more than 20 teams are being deployed in various emergencies inside and outside the country.

How many missions per year do you take part in? Each year we attend an average of five to six emergencies. In most cases we are searching for peop-

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We definitely made a great leap forward.


le who got lost in forests. Also the consequences of mudslides require our attention, but here the possibility of finding people alive is extremely low. We also have to mention that our region is of high seismic activity and that earthquakes occur from time to time. So we have to be prepared for those cases, too.

What is your focus - area search, tracking, rubble search or avalanche - and why? Colombia and the Andean area of Latin America are in a zone that has historically been affected by strong

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earthquakes. This is the reason why earthquakes are the main concern of our search and rescue teams. During my years as an active dog handler, I could support the search work after two strong earthquakes one in Colombia and one in Haiti.

How does your organisation and country benefit from integrating IRO standards? We definitely made a great leap forward. The membership helps us to work harder on aspects we had not considered as important as they should be in the training of our dogs.

Now we are familiar with the work of peer teams in other countries as we have got an insight into how teams are working worldwide. This enabled us to use those experiences to our benefit.

What has changed or improved for you by becoming a member of IRO? Many things, but there is still the big problem to prematurely think that we are already doing our search dog work well enough and therefore, there is no need to exchange with other experts and organisations.


Joining the IRO especially confirmed our need for exchange with other experts. Training search dogs implies being openminded to discover other forms of work and to apply the styles which work for you.

How do you envisage the future collaboration with the IRO? I think we are already traveling the path we wanted with the IRO. In Colombia the evaluation is being unified step by step, regardless of the way dogs are trained, and if we add that the expectation is not only to intervene in local emergencies, but to help in the major disasters that may occur in the region, the contact with the IRO also helps us to know and be familiar with the way in which these types of interventions are handled.

IRO Snap shot:

Francisco Gomez Dogs: Five in 25 active years Place of residence: In the city of Bogotรก, capital of Colombia. Marital status: Married Occupation:

Which mistake should not be made when training a rescue dog? What I usually recommend to people who are interested in joining my group is to be well informed about this activity, and that only when they have realized all that is involved, take the step to acquire a dog and start training. Very often I watch people who already have a dog, many times of breeds that have not shown to be ideal for this work, and come with a lot of enthusiasm, convinced that the results will arrive quickly and without much effort and soon they are disappointed and stop. Sometimes they even have to find a new home for the dog, because they did not even comprehend what it means to be responsible for this companion.

What advice can you give to people who would like to become a rescue dog handler? That this is definitely an activity that demands commitment, patience, dedication, love, a lot of time and above all, a lot of professionalism, but that also gives great satisfaction, not only from working with a magnificent being as is the dog, but from the contact with people from all over the world who share the same interest, in addition to the possibility of being able to help in situations in which very few people would like to be involved.


Advisor in prevention and attention of emergencies in many companies and volunteer firefighter. Which dog breeds have you already handled? One mixed, a Labrador Retriever, a Golden Retriever and two Border Collies. Which disciplines have you trained with your dogs? Rubble and Area Is there any particular dog you would like to mention? Banzai was my first Border Collie and he died just a short time ago. He was my partner for a long time, with whom I achieved the highest number of certifications, as well as missions in real emergencies. He was a great teacher and my unconditional companion for thirteen years. What has been your best experience as a rescue dog handler? The access to experiences, people and places that in my career as an Industrial Designer, I could never have accessed.

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International Guests at the IRO Office

March - Japan On Wednesday, 29th of March, members of the local parliament of the prefecture Kanagawa (Japan) visited us. At this visit, we informed about the structure and work of IRO and SAR dog work in general. Also, a short live demonstration of search and rescue dog work was shown.

June - Canada On the 02 of June we welcomed the team of our Canadian member organisation CASDDA to the IRO Office in Salzburg (AT). nd

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August - Singapore Between 10th and 15th of August, IRO was pleased about a visit of a Trainers unit of the National Civil Protection of Singapore. After the training at the IRO Premises Schöneben (AT) the trainers received a theory training at the IRO Office in Salzburg.

September - South Korea On the 14th of September – shortly before the 23rd IRO World Championship in Ebreichsdorf – the South Korean member organisation NRHQ 119 delighted us with a flying visit at the IRO Office in Salzburg (AT).


Training, Testing Competitions and Training IRO put a special focus on the topics of education and training in 2017. Regular training is vital in order to cope with the high demands put on rescue dog teams. Member organisations can request an IRO Course to offer their members a training opportunity with IRO Trainers. Courses usually last approx. 3 days and are held by 1-3 IRO Trainers, depending on the number of participants. With nine international courses, among others in the Netherlands, Austria, Russia and Argentina, the training offers reached a new high in 2017. The courses were held in the disciplines Area, Rubble, Avalanche and Water. A training at IRO standards with International IRO Trainers was offered to search and rescue dog teams of differing levels. In 2017, in order to further develop the training offers and the trainers‘ education by IRO, the Working Group Train the Trainers was established. Consisting of Rolf Häusermann (CH), Sara Marevic (HR), Arnold Landauer (AT) and Hermann Kranz (AT), the Working Group was composed of long-standing national


and international trainers. In the framework of the Working Group, the IRO Training system was revised and modernised, and an emphasis was put on the trainers‘ education.

The Working Group, among others, developed a new trainer system: »» Lead Trainers:

They are in charge of the education and training of IRO Trainers, and support the Department for Training and Judges in further developing the training offers.

»» International IRO Trainers:

They are allocated to International IRO Courses all over the world, and receive regular trainings by the IRO Department for Training and Judges.

»» National IRO Trainers:

They are allocated as Co-Trainers at IRO Courses in their country, and spread IRO standards in their NRO and region. By completing special training offers they can advance to International IRO Trainers.

At a selection test in September 2017, the first seven National IRO Trainers could qualify and start their training to become an International IRO Trainer. On the basis of the concept developed by the Working Group „Train the Trainers“, the IRO Executive Board has also announced three new Lead Trainers who will work on further developing the training system in cooperation with the Department for Training and Judges from 2018 onwards.

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Events, Courses Testing Events IRO Testing events qualify rescue dog teams in the disciplines Rubble, Area, Tracking, Avalanche or Water. In order to guarantee the high quality demands of IRO, International IRO Judges are sent to evaluate the respective tests. In 2017, 25 active judges from all over the world, among others from Brazil, Japan, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic or Italy, completed a total of 60 judge allocations for IRO worldwide. All international IRO Testing events are evaluated on the basis of the International Testing Standards for Rescue Dogs (IPO-R) which were developed by IRO together with FCI and are continuously being enhanced. The IPO-R was revised in 2017 in the framework of the IPO-R Working Group. In 2017, 999 tests were evaluated at 27 International IRO Testing events, 18 of them in Europe, 5 in the Americas, and 4 in Asia. An excellent success rate of 48.25 % is proof of the rising quality of rescue dog teams worldwide.

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Upgrade of the IRO Training grounds Since 2010, members and interested teams have been using the IRO Training grounds in Ulrichsberg/ Schöneben (AT) which are, due to their seclusion and the terrain situation, excellently suited for SAR dog work.

In order to professionalize the teams’ skills, an extensive and diversified training environment is required. Therefore, between June and October 2017 the Training grounds were extended with approx. 200m³ of natural stone material, corresponding to 25 truck loads. Also, 12 concrete chutes were installed for new hiding places. Due to the company Resch’s experience who had also been involved in building the Training grounds in 2010, it was possible to construct the new hiding places stone by stone on instruction of IRO Honorary President Dr. Wolfgang Zörner and SVÖ Rohrbach/Berg chairman Rudi Klein. 55.5 truck hours and 81 digger and dumper hours were invested


in the upgrade to not only make for hiding places with different levels of difficulty but to also integrate various challenges such as „unstable ground for the dog“. But this was not the end of it: The upgrade will continue in 2018. It is planned to install a 20 foot-large container as „dark hiding place“. Also, numerous pallets will be placed at the Training grounds for flexible usage. We thank everyone involved who invested their experience, expertise, time and energy in the Training ground’s extension. Many organisations will now benefit from this upgrade.

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New website, new opportunities

As a global umbrella organisation IRO focuses on current global trends and topics in the rescue dog discipline. In order to be able to communicate content in an informative manner not only for members, but also for sponsors and interested parties, in 2017 the relaunch of the IRO website was initiated by the Spokesperson for PR and Marketing Carolin Scheiter. The new website now

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fulfills its role as an interface between the IRO office, the member organisations worldwide, our donors, interested parties and potential partners. Moreover, based on Google Analytics data, it was found that more than half of our users access our website via mobile phones. The usability on mobile devices was especially considered during the implementation process.


IRO dates Jan. to Courses & Trainings 15. - 19.01. Pitztal (AT)

Int. Testing Events

IRO Course Avalanche Search

03. - 05.03. Siegen (DE)

Int. Testing Events

F - E, A, B; FL - E, A, B; T - E, A, B

20. - 21.01. Pitztal (AT)


L - E, A, B

Module System 04. - 05.03. Salzburg (AT) Theoretical Basics

Other Events

Jan. Courses & Trainings

25. - 26.03. Cesky Krumlov (CZ) IRO Judges‘ Meeting

03. - 05.02. Tenerife (ES) IRO Course Area Search

Other Events


19. - 24.02. Johannesburg (ZA) IEC: USAR South Africa


25.02. - Salzburg (AT) Board Meeting

Int. Testing Events 01. - 02.04. Aalborg (DK) FL - A, B; T - A, B

04. - 06.04. Seoul & Namyangchu (KR) FL - E, A, B; T - E, A, B

08. - 09.04. Almere (NL) FL - E, A, B; T - E, A, B

21. - 23.04. Budapest (HU) FL - E, A, B; T - E, A, B

Module System 07. - 09.04. Hensies (BE)

Preparation Module MRT Area


27. - 29.04. Xanxere (BR) FL - A, B; T - A, B

28. - 30.04. Marco di Rovereto (IT) FL - A, B; T - A, B

29.04. - 01.05. Herne (DE) P & St; F - B; FL - B; T - B

29.04. - 01.05. Brno (CZ)

F - E, A, B; FL - E, A, B; T - E, A, B

Other Events 26.04. - 01.05. USA IER: TF 2 - Heavy

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Int. Testing Events 02. - 04.06. Zagorje (SI) FL - E, A, B; T - E, A, B

Jun. 2017

09. - 11.06. Romny (UA) F - A, B; FL - A, B; T - A, B

10. - 11.06. Porvoo (FI) FL - E, A, B

23. - 25.06. Lyskovo/Moscow (RU) F - A, B; FL - A, B; T - A, B

Courses & Trainings 09. - 11.06. - Schรถneben (AT) IRO Course Area Search

30. - 02.07. - Schรถneben (AT)

IRO Course Rubble Search Beginners

11.06. - Salzburg (AT) Board Meeting



Module System

Int. Testing Events

17. - 19.05. Ljubljana (SI)

06. - 08.05. Predni Vyton/Spaleniste (CZ)

19. - 21.05. Ljubljana (SI)

12. - 14.05. Fujimi (JP)

22.05. Helsinki (FI)

20. - 21.05. Frutigen (CH)

22. - 26.05. Helsinki (FI)

27. - 28.05. Chastre (BE)

Reclass. Area MRT Area

Veterinary Training

Preparation MRT Rubble

P & S; F - B; FL - B; T - B FL - E, A, B; T - E, A, B FL - A, B; T - A, B

F - E, A, B; FL - E, A, B; T - E, A, B

Courses & Trainings 26.05. - 28.05. Moscow (RU) IRO Course Rubble Search

Other Events 08. - 10.05. Geneva (CH)

IER: THW, ISAR Germany - Medium, Heavy

15. - 18.05. Budapest (HU) IER: HUNOR - Heavy

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Abbreviations: F: Tracking FL: Area search T: Rubble search L: Avalanche rescue E: Suitability test A: A test B: B test T & CH: Testing event and national championship MRT: Mission Readiness Test Reclass.: Reclassification


IRO dates Jul. to Dec. 2017 Jul.


Module System

Int. Testing Events

07. - 09.07. Tritolwerk (AT)

07. - 08.08. Bariloche (AR)

Classifier Training

Courses & Trainings

L - E, A, B

11. - 13.08. Rohrbach/ Spaleniste (AT/CZ)

P & St; FL - B; F - B; T - B

07. - 09.07. Tritolwerk (AT) Open NRO Training

14. - 16.07. Regau (AT)

IRO Course Rubble Search Advanced

Module System 19. - 21.08. Budapest-Szentendre (HU) MRT FL, T, Module 6

30.08. - 03.09 Ã…lborg (DK) MRT and Reclass. Rubble

Courses & Trainings 05. - 06.08. Bariloche (AR) IRO Course Avalanche Search

25. - 27.08. Almere & Amsterdam (NL) IRO Course Water Rescue

Other Events 28.08. - 01.09. AU

IER: NSW TF1 - Heavy

29.08. - 01.09. AT

IER: AFDRU - Heavy


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Int. Testing Events 07. - 08.10. Harju County (EE)

F - E, A, B; FL - E, A, B

13. - 15.10. Asturias (ES)

FL - E, A, B; T - E, A, B

14. - 16.10. Envigado (CO)

FL - E, A, B; T - E, A, B

Int. Testing Events

25. - 27.10. Nantou County (TW)

FL - A, B; T - A, B

01. - 03.12. Mexico City (MX) FL - E, A, B; T - E, A, B

Courses & Trainings


27. - 29.10. Tinglev (DK) Open NRO Training

Other Events 21. - 22.10. Ebergassing (AT)

Training Weekend for IRO Trainers


Nov. Module System 22. - 26.11. Nantou County (TW) IRO Module - MRT Rubble

Courses & Trainings 04. - 05.11. Ã…lborg (DK) IRO Course Rubble Search

Other Events 13. - 18.11. Santiago (CL)

IEC: USAR Bomberos de Chile - Medium


25. - 26.11. Salzburg (AT) Board Meeting

Int. Testing Events 01. - 03.09. Donovaly (SK) FL - E, A, B; T - E, A, B

15. - 17.09. Edmonton (CA) FL - E, A, B; T - E, A, B

Other Events 19. - 24.09. Ebreichsdorf/Tritolwerk (AT)

IRO World Championship for Search and Rescue Dogs

09. - 10.09. Salzburg (AT) Board Meeting

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Abbreviations: F: Tracking FL: Area search T: Rubble search L: Avalanche rescue E: Suitability test A: A test B: B test T & CH: Testing event and national championship MRT: Mission Readiness Test Reclass.: Reclassification


Focus on events in 2017 IRO Mission Readiness Test Area – Ljubljana (SI) The MRT Area, which took place from 17th to 21st of May in Ljubljana was the third of its kind. 24 participants from Belgium, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Switzerland and the Netherlands demonstrated their expertise. Three searches - day, night and path search – had to be mastered by the teams. A night march was an additional challenge. GPS and veterinarian knowledge was also needed in order to be successful at the Mission Readiness Test. Nine participants positively completed all tasks and are allowed to call themselves “IRO mission ready” now. The organisation team of ERPS, led by Sebastijan Strašek, showed great commitment and did a great job. We congratulate all participants on their performance and express our thanks to all classifiers and helpers without whom the MRT would not have been possible.


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Certified and recertified RD teams - T

IRO Module Classifier Training Similar to the yearly Judges‘ Meeting, the first Classifier Training took place from 08th to 09th of July at the Tritolwerk (AT). The newly revised Module mainly focuses on the IRO evaluation systems as well as the IRO MRT T guidelines. Furthermore, Classifiers are provided with administrative details as well as updates from the Department. All IRO Classifiers mandatorily have to take part in this Module in a three-years-rhythm. 20 Classifiers from 11 countries came to the Tritolwerk in July in order to deepen their common, objective evaluation criteria through theoretical input, practical evaluations onsite as well as intensive professional exchange. Moreover, they got a detailed insight into the Cockpit-System, which is used to compile and analyse the individual evaluations.

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Laszlo Balazs with Symba (PMA/HU) – Reclass. Claudio Bötschi with Penny vom Goldberg (Tschinni) (HSF/CH) Andre Bouman with Raskan (NRHB/NL) – Reclass. Karina Højer with Skjernå Bordercollie Disco (RDA/DK) Tamara Jager with Tia (ERPS/SI) – Reclass. Astrid Laner with Oki Doki of Flying Porkies (ACCK9t/IT) Denis Laus with T’Sheeva de l’Origine de Faucon Rouge (@fire/DE) Sarolta Leczki with Bosco (MAK-PHA/HU) Sebastian Mohorič with Aika Leomegy (KVRPK/SI) Diána Pinkóczi with Firefox Koda MANGÓ (MAK-PHA/HU) – Reclass. David Pogačnik with Flesh Jutta’s Point (KVRPK/SI) – Reclass. Tilen Škraba with Ilvie (ERPS/SI) – Reclass. Roman Starman with Blackthorn Idunn (DRPB/SI) Jerneja Ternovec with Finn Leomegy (Fly) (CRDA/HR) Joakim Toftby with Nessiestriton “Triton” (SBK/SE) Dušan Weber with Alyeen von Kapinberg/Lili (DVRPS/SI) – Reclass. Andrej Žunič with Blisk Jutta’s Point (KVRPK/SI) Chan Tian-Wen with Le-Le (TSSRT/TW) Chen Meng-Hung with Colin (TSSRT/TW) Hung Jui-Hung with Melody (TSSRT/TW) Kao Chien-Tai with Lan (TSSRT/TW) Ko Hung-Ju with Jian-Kang (TSSRT/TW) Li Chun-Sheng with Tie-Shiung (TSSRT/TW) Lin You-Zhun with Tuei-Tuei (TSSRT/TW)

Certified RD teams - FL Matjaz Bolka with Colourful Iris – Ira (KVRPK/SI) Stefano Mozzettini with Willi Wilson vom Fichtenhorst (XRD/CH) Jure Povnikar with Adri (ERPS/SI) Tilen Škraba with Ilvie (ERPS/SI) Sara Smerdel with Kornay Hunting Talis Ora (EVRPL/SI) Roman Starman with Think Twice Pump Up the Jam (DRPB/SI) Nevenka Štor with Neli Paris Black Wind of Varaždin (ERPS/SI) Aleš Udovč with Brinca (ERPS/SI) – Reclass. Tomislav Zdenčar with Mawlch Witch (KOSSP/HR)


Focus on events in 2017 IRO Mission Readiness Test Rubble - Ålborg (DK) The IRO NRO RDA - Redningshunden Danmark hosted the challenging IRO MRT Rubble and Reclassification for the first time. From 30th of August to 03rd of September, 31 teams from Argentinia, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Croatia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary started in the far North in Ålborg. All participants had to face 7 demanding worksites. At day and night time, the teams needed to be prepared to show their abilities under the strict and fair eyes of the Classifiers. As the dog’s health and wellbeing should always be assessed correctly by the dog handler, they had to complete a veterinary exercise. We are very happy about the great search work we saw and especially about the seven successful Reclassifications and the seven positive MRTs. The hosting NRO, managed by the first Vice President of IRO Ida Bårris, did a fantastic job and carried out the organisation of the MRT in an excellent manner. We want to thank all participants, helpers and Classifiers for their commitment.


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On 27th of September Gunter Schobesberger and Agnes Kraushofer (IRO Office) took part in the visitors’ day of the Austrian Forces Disaster Relief Unit’s (AFDRU) INSARAG International External Reclassification (IER). The comprehensive program provided a good insight into the working procedures of a USAR Team as well as the INSARAG (re-)classification process. At the Jansa barracks in Großmittel (AT) we visited the Base of Operations (BoO) and were provided with information on its set-up. Moreover, there were short presentations by the Team Leader, the psychologist, the veterinarian, the officer for water treatment and the OSOCC (Onsite Operations and Communications Center) team. After a short introduction to the general scenario, we were able to watch the practical work at the worksites in Tritolwerk. On this occasion we could speak to IRO INSARAG Classifier John Ball. Once again congratulations to the AFDRU for their successful INSARAG IER as a Heavy Team.

For the second time after 2008, an IRO MRT T was hosted by an IRO NRO (TSSRT) in the Asian region. 16 teams took the challenge and competed on seven challenging worksites. Two of the worksites, the JiJi Wuchang Collapsed Temple and the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan, are real ruins from the September 1999 earthquake in Taiwan and therefore constituted a very realistic scenario. Seven starters completed the MRT positively and are now entitled to be called “IRO mission ready”. The host organization TSSRT (Taiwan Special Search and Rescue Team) also organized an extensive Observers’ program. Twelve observers from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia and Japan were granted an in-depth insight into the MRT process. As a result, the MRT Rubble in Taiwan did not only contribute to building local capacities but also to an intensification of international relations. Both are important concerns of the IRO in order to constantly professionalize the rescue dog discipline.

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Focus on events in 2017 „Get active for safety“ – Day of voluntary work and disaster protection in Salzburg (AT) The Day of action for voluntary work and disaster protection in Salzburg was dedicated to the motto „Help, Save, Protect“. Rescue organisations such as police, Red Cross, the Federal Armed Forces, and many more presented themselves and demonstrated their skills. A special highlight was the disaster mission simulation. The IRO member organisation Lawinen- und Vermisstensuchhundestaffel Salzburg (LVHS) proved their skills for instance through a roping exercise off a helicopter. IRO presented itself on-site with one of the new mission tents.

From left to right: Mag. Gunter Schobesberger (Secretary General IRO), Adelheid Rainer (Marketing and Public Relations IRO), Andreas Santner (President of the LVHS), Carolin Scheiter (Member of the LVHS and IRO Board Member until July 2017)


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Thai-RDA & Royal Thai Military (TH)

International Day of Search and Rescue Dogs Since 2008, every last Sunday in April is dedicated to search and rescue dog work. Many search and rescue dog organisations use this day marked by IRO in order to draw attention to their teams‘ special skills and accomplishments. In 2017, the International Day of Search and Rescue Dogs was celebrated for the tenth time on the 30th of April. In the spirit of „Misson-ready for you on 365 days a year“, presentations, information events and exemplary exercises were organised world-wide. The visitors were thrilled by the SAR dog teams‘ performances.

RHZ-Thüringen, Thüringen (DE)

Kinologen-Samariter-Bund der Ukraine (KSBU), Kyiv (UA)

Austrian Mantrailing Academy, Leoben (AT) Kinologen-Samariter-Bund der Ukraine (KSBU), Pavlograd (UA)

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The IRO World Championship is the highlight of the year for many rescue dog teams. It is a meeting point for the best rescue dog teams who can test their performance level against an international standard.

At the 23rd IRO WCH in Ebreichsdorf (AT) IRO was pleased to welcome 149 rescue dog teams from 65 NROs and 25 different countries. The unusually high number of starters was in response to a wish by the NROs, and was made possible by the new option of prolonging the WCH for 1 day. The equitation arena Magna Racino and the Tritolwerk were among the excellent worksites for the tests. The Judges team around Supervising Judge Daniel Sedlák enabled a demanding and fair competition for all participants who demonstrated their skills in Tracking, Area and Rubble search. With a high 49 % almost half of the contestants could rejoice about a positive result and a ranking among the best rescue dog teams worldwide. Our special gratitude extends to the hosting NRO Österreichischer Gebrauchshundesport Verband (ÖGV) for the excellent preparation and implementatin of this major event. For the President of the Executive Board, Markus Bock, it was a great pleasure to hand over the new IRO WCH trophy to ÖGV president Rudolf Wernisch during the festive Closing Ceremony. From 2017 onwards, this trophy is handed to the hosts of the respective IRO World Championship; it is made of two parts, whereby the second part is a travelling trophy


which stays with the hosting NRO during the organizing year, and is then handed to the next WCH host.

WM-Results Tracking-World Champions:

Judges and Co-Judges Supervising Judge

1. Christa Steinborn with Djuma (RHS Isar), DE 2. Denise Neumann with Sharia (SV), DE 3. Wolfgang Ebner with Orka (ÖVD), AT

D. Sedlák (CZ)

Main Judge Rubble

Area World Champions:

Co Judge Rubble

1. Pascal Beatse with Flash (CSP), FR

Main Judge Area


Co Judge Area

3. Jenniefer Ericsson with Troja (SBK), SE

R. Gerritsen (NL) D. Kühn (DE)

J. Ternovec (SI)

Sebastijan Strašek with Thor (ERPS), SI

C. Kranz (AT)

Main Judge Tracking W. Hoffmann (DE)

Rubble World Champions:

Co Judge Tracking

1. Dr. Isabella Kühn with Spark (RHS Isar), DE

P. Šabacký (CZ)

Main Judge Obedience and Dexterity

2. Beatrix Belenyi with Zen (KEA), HU

K. Sawada (JP)

3. Astrid Laner with Oki Doki (AccK9t), IT

Co Judge Obedience and Dexterity

Team World Champions:

H. Hiltpolt (AT)


RHS Isar (DE)





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for Search and World Champions Tracking 2017

World Champions Rubble Search 2017

IRO Veterinary Dr. Ellen von Czapiewski World Champions Team 2017 IRO Judges from the left to the right: Daniel Sedlรกk, Kazuhiro Sawada, Hannes Hiltpolt World Champions Area 2017

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IRO National Championships National Championship in Herne (DE)

IRO National Championship in Herne (DE) – 29.04. - 01.05.2017 The best noses in rescue dog sports were determined at the 12th open VDH Championship (Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen) for Rescue dogs from 29th of April to 01st of May in Herne (DE). The wellhoned team of SV around Walter Hoffmann succeeded for the third time to offer a perfectly organized event to the 49 participating teams from four countries and the visitors. Support came from BRH who offered manpower and the Rubble site in Wesel, from the Rescue dog team from Essen who took care of an appropriate Tracking area in Velbert and the Tracking teams, and DVG

from left to right: W. Hoffmann, H.-C. Grube, C. Kranz, P. Šabacký


who organized the Area search in a demanding area in Bottrop. The ample area of the SV’s local club Wanne-Nord was the central contact point and Obedience/Dexterity worksite. In level B, Charlotte Kranz (AT) judged in Tracking and Rubble, Pavel Šabacký (CZ) in Area and Walter Hoffmann (DE) in Obedience and Dexterity. This, however, did not impair the festive atmosphere. The VDH National Championship 2017 was a well-rounded event shaped by the good cooperation of the aforementioned clubs.

The Tracking Champions

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IRO National Championship in Rohrbach-Berg (AT) 11.08 - 13.08.2017

National Championship in Rohrbach -Berg (AT)

The SVÖ group Rohrbach-Berg was pleased to host, once more after 2014, the international ÖKV (Österreichischer Kynologenverband) National Championship for Search and Rescue Dogs. To host such a major event is, even for this experienced team, always a challenge. Preparations had been going on for almost a year because the starters should not want for anything. Many big and small tasks had to be fulfilled so that everything would be perfect in mid-August. Without the helping hands of many volunteers, this would not have been possible.

Jaroslav Sedlák (CZ). Detlef Kühn evaluated Obedience/Dexterity in all disciplines.

Around 90 teams from different nations (among them, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Czech republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Finland and the Netherlands) started in the disciplines Area, Tracking and Rubble.

On Saturday and Sunday the weather finally cleared up. The sun came out in time for the Closing Ceremony on Sunday afternoon, and shone in competition with the National Champions. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this event’s success. More than 50 volunteers were engaged daily to ensure a smooth execution of the event. Therefore, a special thanks goes to the organising committee, the testing managers, the track layers, the group persons with their dogs, the victims, the kitchen staff, the helpers at the Area and Rubble sites, the secretaries and everyone else who was involved in this busy event.

The sites for Area search and Tracking were situated in the immediate vicinity of the SVÖ training grounds. The Rubble search was executed at Spáleniště (CZ). A big thank you goes to the colleagues in the Czech republic who made their Rubble area available to the SVÖ. IRO Judge in Area search was Taewon Lee (KR), Tracking was judged by Daniel Sedlák (CZ) and Rubble by

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The weather posed a special challenge during this weekend. Particularly Friday was a hard day for the search and rescue dog teams: Wind, strong rain and storms made the tests even more difficult than they already were – weather conditions that usually prevent one from wanting to be outside. But in the sense of „There is no bad weather, only inapt clothing“, excellent work was nevertheless shown.


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IRO National Championship in Spáleniště (CZ) 29.04. - 01.05.2017

National Championship in Spáleniště (CZ)


36 participants from all over Europe including Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Denmark, Hungary, Austria and Germany, attended the Intercup Humanity from 29th of April to 01st of May, a renown event with a long-standing tradition. They were evaluated by the IRO Judges Astrid Laner (IT) and Kazuhiro Sawada (JP). The event was characterized by almost April-like weather. Some sunny spells were followed by heavy rain, so the participants got showered several times. Nevertheless, thanks to the detailed organisation of the event by the IRO member organisation JČZBK, everything went perfectly well.

Impressions from starters „Thank you for a great few days! We really enjoyed staying and competing at your place. Hope to see you all next year. “ „I would like to thank you for your help and the friendly and helpful attitude of your teams. It was a well organized event and I collected a lot of good experience and memories.“ „Thanks to the JČZBK for organizing the event which was - again - super. It was hard... as it should be.“

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„A very pleasantly spent weekend among wonderful people was crowned by Kuba‘s victory and the limit for the IRO World Championship (scent work 188pts, obedience 90pts, total of 278pts) in the area search. Thank you all who train with us and help us there. Without them it would not be possible at all or it would be very difficult. Thanks also to our fans who were with us in their thoughts and kept their fingers crossed. A great deal of thanks goes also to all the organizers and helpers, simply to everyone in JČZBK for a traditionally perfectly prepared event and above all for the friendly atmosphere which makes one feel like at home.“

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IRO teams in deployment Switzerland THE SWISS ALPS CRUMBLE Debris avalanche in Bondo, rockslide in the Bisis valley, landslide in the Illgraben: The IRO member organisation REDOG search and rescue dogs were deployed several times in 2017 on mud, amidst debris and from the air. Permafrost is dissolving, the glaciers are melting, mudslides go down on villages and roads. The Alps are an especially sensitive ecosystem and particularly suffer from climate warning. The disaster in Bondo starkly demonstrated this once more. The debris avalanche in Bergell in Südbünden was one of the biggest in Switzerland for more than 100 years. Approximately four million cubic meters of debris tumbled down to the valley of lower Bergell on 23rd of August 2017 and buried the access to two huts of the Swiss Alps Club in a popular hiking area. What had


at first only been suspected was later confirmed: At the time of the avalanche a group of 8 persons was hiking there. The search was correspondingly difficult and challenging for everyone involved. There was the risk of further rockslides, a second mudflow came down. The devastated area was quite large, and big parts could not be accessed due to safety concerns. The intact paths were searched by foot or by helicopter. The REDOG search dogs were deployed on the rockslide’s debris cone. On two consecutive days, three teams, each consisting of three dog teams and one team leader, were deployed. Every team, dog handler and dog, had to be flown into and out of the damage zone by helicopter. The missing group of hikers could unfortunately not be

found in this area. REDOG had been alerted by the Cantonal leadership of Graubünden and closely worked with the cantonal police Graubünden and the Alpine rescue service Switzerland on-site in Bondo. The Alpine rescue service Switzerland was in charge of the search mission, safety in the damage zone, and transport into the zone. Natural disasters on our doorstep, rockslides, mudslides – these will unfortunately keep us increasingly busy in the future. This increases the need for well trained search dog teams who can work on these often very challenging damage sites. REDOG as well as IRO are aware of this situation. Therefore it is their concern to attach a great degree of importance to training and testing the teams‘ rubble agility and the dog handlers‘ safety awareness.

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IRO teams in deployment Mexico Exactly on the same day as the remembrance of the earthquake of 1985 took place, the earth shook again in the city of Mexico. On the 19th of September 2017, three members of the Rescue Dog Organisation UNAM with two dogs participated in the memorial on request of the government. Not even two hours after the event, local time 13:14, an earthquake occurred. First of all, the members of UNAM helped to evacuate people in restaurants or other public areas. At first it was rather difficult due to the lack of communication, but later on the team got informed via radio about collapsed buildings in the neighbourhood. One of the major problems were citizens who were trying to help. They had only good intentions in mind, but unfortunately there was no structure that was followed. The mobile connection was rather


poor, but the radio network of the university provided help. A primary school in the south of the city was badly damaged by the earthquake. As there were children inside the building the operation was even more urgent. Several members of UNAM searched the collapsed school with their dogs. At this time, one of the dogs was already IRO certified. The dogs alerted on three different positions. As UNAM works together closely with the university there was a link to the monitoring center of the city, which provided a lot of information for searching. UNAM worked at nine different buildings and six different alerts were reported. Altogether, 35 to 40 buildings were searched by rescue teams. The approximate number of victims is 200. Since it has been an earthquake of a greater extent, Canadian and Argentine IRO teams were called in towards the end of the mission.

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Photo credit: UNAM

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IRO and INSARAG – a strong partnership Interview with IRO-INSARAG Classifier Chris Pritchard of the „United Kingdom International Search & Rescue” (UKISAR)

How did the cooperation between the IRO and the INSARAG (International Search and Rescue Advisory Group) evolve and for how long have they already been working together? The cooperation with INSARAG has been formed over the last 25 years with the participation at INSARAG events and the building up of professional and personal relationships within the INSARAG community.

What is IRO’s contribution to the INSARAG network? The IRO has member organisations, who have individuals that have extensive knowledge and experience in humanitarian disaster globally. These individuals support the INSARAG network in the following areas: »» Attend Global & Regional meetings »» Attend Team Leaders meetings »» Sit on a number of technical working groups »» Send members as classifiers, to INSARAG external classifications (IECs) and reclassi fications (IERs) of international USAR teams »» Support INSARAG and the Secretariat as a focal point for technical information

What is the structure of an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR team)? One can differentiate between Medium and Heavy USAR Teams (see info boxes).


The USAR Medium Team »» is required to have the capacity to work only at a single worksite. »» is required to have the capability of search dogs and/or technical search.
 »» must be adequately staffed to allow for 24 hour operations at one site for up to seven days. »» must be able to medically treat its team members (including search dogs if present) as well as victims encountered if allowed to do so by the government of the affected country.

Die USAR Heavy Team »» is required to have the equipment and man power to work at a Heavy technical capabi lity at two separate worksites simultaneously. »» is required to have both a search dog and technical search capability. »» is required to have the technical capability to cut structural steel typically used for construction and reinforcement in multi-storey structures. »» must be adequately staffed and logistically sufficient to allow for 24 hour operations at two independent sites for up to ten days. »»

must be able to medically treat its team members (including search dogs if present) as well as victims encountered if allowed to do so by the government of the affected country.

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„ IRO has had a major impact on the development of K9 operations in the INSARAG system.

Which steps have to be taken by a USAR team on their way to an International External Classification/Reclassification (IEC/R)? How can we imagine the IEC/R process? The primary intention of the INSARAG External Classification (IEC) system is to provide a better understanding of the individual abilities of USAR teams making themselves available for international assistance. Having teams classified according to a standard will enable disaster-affected countries to prioritise acceptance of international response support from USAR Teams who can add proven value to their national capacity. The IEC is an independent, verifiable, voluntary process that has received unanimous acceptance through the INSARAG. The goal of this IEC/R process is to define the operational minimum standard for international USAR teams, building from the INSARAG mandate in order to render more effective emergency preparedness and response activities and thereby save more lives, reduce suffering and minimise adverse consequences. The INSARAG Minimum Standard for USAR Operations expects teams to utilise these internationally developed procedures and systems to instill cooperation between national USAR teams operating on the international scene to meet its mandate. An IEC/R is a demanding process that is not to be underestimated. It requires the total administrative, financial and operational commitment of the sponsoring organisation, the USAR team, its Mentor as well as several other stakeholders to ensure success. It takes place over a two year process.

How do you deal with your responsibility as an IEC/R Classifier? Being an INSARAG classifier is an important and highly responsible role. The time and commitment to fulfil this role requires dedication at the highest level in maintaining your competencies in your field of expertise. Critical to this role is maintaining a comprehensive understanding of all INSARAG methodology and all relevant updates. Balancing this with my


full time role with the Fire & Rescue Service and my personal commitments can be a challenge at times. However, I personally trust in the INSARAG system and what it stands for and the achievements it has made since its establishment.

Which moments in your career as a Classifier do you like looking back to? I have worked with so many amazing people from different countries and cultural backgrounds from across the world. These are some of the fondest memories that I will treasure and look back on in years to come. Every IEC/R that I have attended has been a sense of achievement and I have been honoured to be part of the individual IEC/R classifying teams.

Which parallels do you see between your work as an IRO MRT Classifier and as an INSARAG IEC/R Classifier? The roles of an MRT and INSARAG classifier are similar, both require diplomacy, competency and commitment to carry out the role. The main differences between these roles would be the subject matter and the requirement to work with governmental departments, with input on a political, strategic, tactical and operational level.

How would you assess the development in the area of rescue dog work over the last years and how do you see its future? I have been extremely privileged and honoured to have represented the IRO as a previous Board member, Classifier and INSARAG representative for the previous 11 years. In this time, I have seen the IRO organisation grow and develop K9 activities from around the world. IRO has also had a major impact on the development of K9 operations within the INSARAG system, in supporting the IEC/R process for the use of K9‘s in search and rescue operations worldwide. I wish the IRO and all our member organisations another 25 years of success.

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IRO-INSARAG dates in 2017 Feb. IEC (INSARAG External Classification): USAR South Africa - Medium 19. - 24.02.2017 (ZA)

Apr. IER (INSARAG External Reclassification): USAID LA County Fire Dpt. USAR TF #2 - Heavy 26.04. - 01.05.2017 (US)

May IER: Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) - Heavy 08. - 10.05.2017 (DE)

IER: Hungarian National Organization for Rescue Services (HUNOR) - Heavy 15. - 18.05.2017 (HU)

Aug. IER: Austrian Forces Disaster Relief Unit (AFDRU) - Heavy 25. - 28.09.2017 (AT)

Sep. IER: New South Wales Task Force 2 (AUS-2) - Heavy 25. - 30.09.2017 (AU)

Training Weekend for IRO Trainers in Ebergassing

IRO Judges‘ Meeting 2017 On the left: Walter Hoffmann (left) and Resi Gerritsen (right) Below: IRO Judges


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How the IRO sets standards IRO Judges‘ Meeting 2017 24 IRO Judges took part in the 15th IRO Judges‘ meeting on 25th and 26th of March in Cesky Krumlov (CZ). The newly appointed IRO Judge Rita Leivas Leite (AR) was welcomed among the IRO Judges and received the IRO Judge certificate from the Spokesperson for Training and Judges, Daniel Sedlák. The topics evaluation, Bringsel, Tracking and tactics were in the center of the meeting and were presented by the IRO Judges Astrid Laner (IT), Jerneja Ternovec (SI), Resi Gerritsen (NL), Walter Hoffmann (DE) and Gerd Thanner (AT). Also, organizational news and the closer cooperation with IRO Trainers were discussed.

Pre-selection for IRO Judge applicants On the basis of the new selection system for judge applicants, a pre-selection of applicants for the IRO Judge candidacy took place on 29th of May at the IRO Office in Salzburg (AT). This pretest consisted of a theoretical exam on

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IPO-R, test instructions and basic cynological knowledge, as well as the evaluation of videos, showing IPO-R exercises. Four applicants were able to pass the test successfully and were invited to start their Judge Candidacy:

»» Daniela Erasmus (AT)

of the Trainers‘ manual was initiated. The weekend was, as usual, a place for communication, for an intensive exchange of experience and know-how, and progress for the trainers as well as for the IRO Trainer system in general.

IRO Trainer candidate selection

»» Pavla Foltynova (CZ) »» Frans Jansen (NL) »» Danielle Richards (BE)

Training Weekend for IRO Trainers The yearly Training weekend for IRO Trainers took place from 21st to 22nd of October in Ebergassing (AT). For the practical exercises in FL and T, the excellent training area of the NRO ÖRV could be used. Beside the 18 Int. IRO Trainers, three of the seven new national IRO Trainers were able to take part, get to know the other trainers and be introduced into the IRO Trainer system. Beside the practical work and among other topics, a revision

In 2017, the selection process for trainer candidates was completed. The Department for Training and Judges held a theoretical and practical selection exam for new IRO trainer candidates from 09th to 10th of September in Salzburg and Werfenweng (AT). It was assessed by the IRO evaluators M. Koczera (AT), A. Russegger (AT), J. Ternovec (SI) and G. Thanner (AT). 17 candidates from Germany, Canada, Taiwan, Croatia, Slovenia and the Netherlands took part. Seven candidates were able to qualify and be integrated as „national IRO Trainers“ into the Training program. Three of them already took part in the Training Weekend for IRO Trainers 2017.


How the IRO sets standards

New National IRO Trainers: »» Petra Čovič (HR) »» Tomaž Drazumerič (SI)

and Astrid Laner (IT) for IRO and Detlef Kühn (DE), Jeremias Janki (CH) and Daniela Erasmus (AT) for FCI, met six times in 2017.

»» Renate Eberts (DE) »» Pai-hsiu Tsai (TW)

Train the Trainers

»» Brigitte Versterre (NL) »» Edwin de Vries (NL) »» Andrej Žunič (SI)

IPO-R Reform The IPO-R reform was in the limelight in 2017. After intensive work during the year, the Working Group IPO-R could, in November 2017, hand a draft to the IRO NROs and FCI LAOs to gather feedback and suggestions. The Working Group IPO-R, consisting of the coordinator Frans Jansen (FCI, NL); Jerneja Ternovec (SI), Walter Hoffmann (DE)


The Department for Training and Judges worked intensively on innovations in the Training system in 2017. In June, the Working Group „Train the Trainers“, consisting of Rolf Häusermann (CH), Sara Marevic (HR), Hermann Kranz (AT) and Arnold Landauer (AT), was formed. In several online meetings and one meeting in Vienna, the Working Group, among others, developed a new system of trainers, divided into Lead Trainers, International and National Trainers, as well as an additional offer of IRO Courses for regional or NRO trainers.

Qualification for IRO WCH In September 2017 the IRO Executive Board decided on a new and easier mode for qualification to the IRO World Championship. It is based on a proposal by a working group led by the Spokesperson for Training and Judges Daniel Sedlák. The reform was initiated based on objections from NROs against the old mode with allocation rounds and because, due to rising registration numbers, a fair allocation of the available starter slots became more and more necessary. The new mode prioritizes performance and quality of rescue dog teams. Results over 250 points from Int. IRO Testing Events during one year before the WCH lead to qualification in this discipline. The best teams on this list receive a starting slot. World Championships in Avalanche and Water may be organized separately.

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The advantages of the new WCH qualification mode in overview:

Thank you, Vladimir!

»» No allocation rounds »» Every NRO will still automatically receive 1 slot for its best team and max. 3 slots per discipline »» One of the allocated slots can be exchanged by the IRO-NRO with another qualified team on request »» A list of qualified teams on the IRO website shows the current ranking of teams. In this way, every team can follow up on its rank on the list and its chances to participate in the WCH.

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In 2016, the highly valued IRO judge Vladimir Kuchta withdrew from his rescue dog judging activities. On behalf of the International Rescue Dog Organisation, the Board wishes to express its gratitude and appreciation for his many years of support in his service for the IRO and rescue dog work, and wishes him good health and all the best for the future.

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The IRO Financial Report „With the growing number of member organisations, it is required that IRO expands its activities and support in the areas of training, deployment and financial support. Therefore, the funding needs are growing. As the IRO’s sources of income have not changed during the last years the work in advertising and marketing has been intensified. The aim is to increase the IRO‘s publicity and to develop new and sustainable funding concepts so that the IRO funds are no longer limited to Austrian and proven sources of financing. Thus, the IRO is not only focused on sponsors and donors, but also trying to set up their financial base internationally.“

Charlotte Kranz

Spokesperson for Finance

What does the IRO funding achieve? How we strengthen search and rescue dog work 42.5%


€ 178.540,76


€ 277.730,08


€ 337.243,66

35% 22.5%


Indirect support for the NROs Training (courses, training), deployment (module system, MRT), testing events, working groups (OWG, VWG, IPO-R, Train the Trainers) and much more. Direct support for the NROs Payment of funds Administration Operating costs, organisational and travel costs, Training grounds, marketing & PR, staff

IRO Annual Report 2017

Revenue and expenditure of the last five years € 120 k

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IRO Annual Report 2017


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