The search and rescue dogs around here are part of the police department. Are there places where family dogs can be used for search and rescue? I've not heard of any, but that would be a nice way to do something special with your dog. But if your dog is well socialized, maybe try getting him certified as a therapy dog so you can make a difference in another way, like visiting a hospital or a school.
'Shya' Xaera vom Nordosten Haus, GSD (b. Jan 2010)
'Behr' (2000-2009), GSD, always in my heart.