What we provide
GSSD will provide the following items to Guests and Members at workouts and on missions:
Handheld GPS Device (Various Garmin Devices)**
Dog Tracking Device (Garmin Astro 430)**
** Ready Searchers and high level Apprentices only, not available for Guests/Candidates
Guests are required to have some version of the 10 Essential Systems, plus a little extra for comfort during workouts. If you are missing gear, let us know in the New Member Survey or via email, and we may be able to let you borrow some stuff.
Older and/or more durable gear is ideal, your SAR gear will need to survive brambles (bad for rain gear), swamps, and other unpleasant situations.
DO NOT WEAR OR BRING COTTON CLOTHES. Cotton Kills. You will be sent home.
Flashlight and extra batteries
First Aid Kit
10x12ft Tarp (ideally green or brown, but blue or silver will do)
Pad and any other nice to haves on the trainee gear list
Appropriate footwear for the elements
Any medications you need (including scheduled ones in case we run late)
Appropriate gear/clothing for the elements (NO COTTON)
NW Forest or America the Beautiful Pass
High clearance vehicle w/ 4X4 or AWD
GPS or smartphone GPS application
Displays most NWFS Roads
(Ideally) Support UTM
Garmin GPS unit
Gaia or Caltopo
Peakbagger or onX
BAD: Google Maps
Power Bank for your phone
Guests are expected to have gear needed for an on-trail hike. Candidates need to start acquiring the gear they would need for off-trail and back-country outings that they would need on a real search.
Compass w/ declination set
10x12ft Waterproof Tarp
Plastic bag for maps, pens, paper
2L of Water
Synthetic or wool clothing
Sturdy, high-ankle Hiking Boots
High clearance vehicle w/ 4x4 or AWD
Dedicated GPS or Smartphone App
Power Bank for your phone
Redundant Essentials or Nice to Haves
Insulated jacket/vest for layering
Secondary Fire Source
Extra Headlamp or Flashlight
Waterproof Backpacking Boots
All-Leather is more durable
Durable, knee-high Boot Gaiters
Leather Work Gloves
Clear Goggles or other eye protection
Pack liner or garbage bag for rain
Sealable plastic bags for extra clothes
Pack out bags
Toilet Paper or Wipes
You are the one carrying your dog's gear. Search Dogs do not wear packs as it interferes with their job.
Keep in mind that we sometimes have missions or workouts in environments with ticks.
Collar and/or Harness w/ tags
High Visibility Vest or Bandana (hunting season)
Food for ~24hr
First Aid Supplies
Wind Directional Powder or Mist Sprayer (to check wind direction)
Tick Repellent or Treatment (recommended for areas we train in)
Musher's Secret Wax (recommended for fluffy/sticky)
Winter Jacket (recommended if dog lacks double coat)
Winter Booties (depending on dog)
Reflective Shade Cloth
Fans + Extra Batteries
Gear is expensive and SAR work can be rough on certain pieces. Durability and Reliability are important. We recommend borrowing gear to try it out and then gradually buying your own instead of buying it all at once. When acquiring gear, check out out Thrift Stores, REI Garage Sales, Craigslist, or Costco.
Remember, you need to carry gear for you, your dog, and the subject(s) you are searching for.
This is still in progress, for now see the Pierce County ESAR Equipment List, but note that GSSD requirements are not identical.
We have no hard requirements for first aid kit contents. You can either build your own or purchase a pre-made kit. Pre-made kits are fine, but you may need to supplement what is included and will need to gradually replace expired things yearly. The following are suggestions:
Dog First Aid Training Course
Bootie or Sock for pad injuries
Tick Remover (can stay in car)
Recommended seasonal items. Regardless of season NO COTTON CLOTHING.
SPF Lip Balm
Synthetic Base Layer
Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
Vaseline or wax for face
Snowshoes (depending on location)