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A couple of questions if you don't mind answering:

1. Does your team have a minimum training attendance policy (i.e. must attend a certain percentage of trainings to maintain membership on the team)? If so, what is the number?

2. Are team members required to attend a certain number/percentage of callouts? If so, what is it?

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Yes 50% on both. We do allow for leaves of absence but members need to discuss this with the officers ASAP and not just disappear for awhile (for example I was out for awhile when I broke my ankle then a few years later, dealing with my father's lung cancer followed by mom's stroke)
 

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Nancy,

Is the deployment 50% just in the handler's speciality (HRD vs. live) or 50% of all deployments?
 

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50% of live...most the hrd stuff does not involve the whole team
 

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We have a required number of meetings/trainings to remain an active member. There are no required call outs because we are in a sparsely populated area so it's entirely possible a call out with your skill set won't show up for a very long time. It is required to volunteer at events however- for example lost child booth at the county fair and fundraising.
 

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Our SAR teams (there is a general main all-encompassing one, and several 'specialty' teams) require a field certification which means if you can attend and pass all the tests, navigation ( map skills, compass skills, gps,) first aid, fire and emergency shelter building (here, ours require withstanding 8" of snow and must be liveable for 48 hours), knots and rope training, you can get field certified. You may not have only come to one or none of the classes at the academy. This is rare, but there are some ex-military guys who have done this. Dog teams have more tests and require more training-- at least half of every month's training.

In terms of call-outs, you must meet 10% in a month or in a year's average, about 50%. They are pretty flexible with people's work schedules etc and understanding. It's clear who's there to do it and who's only there to get the card and the credentials.
 

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Our 50% requirement is a guideline as well. .......... the officers have flexibility in interpreting compliance. You have to take into account people's availability to get off work. We have had some issues with some folks in that regard and have been more aggressive up front with being clear WHY we are doing this.
 
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