About RMSDA

Established in the Birmingham area in 2014 by co-founders Kenny Powell and Stephen Burton, the Red Mountain Search Dog Association is a volunteer nonprofit search and rescue association organized to assist law enforcement and other government agencies in the search for lost or missing persons.

The Red Mountain Search Dog Association works to organize and support the continuing education and training of volunteers, dog teams, and support personnel in accepted search and rescue methods.

If needed, we are able to furnish certified handler and dog teams as well as highly trained support and ground search personnel for search and rescue for the benefit and welfare of our community.

The Red Mountain Search Dog Association also strives to increase public awareness of search and rescue trained volunteers and dog teams by providing informational and educational programs and demonstrations to institutions, agencies and community organizations.

The Red Mountain Search Dog Association is incorporated as a Nonprofit Corporation within the state of Alabama and by the Federal Government under section 501(c)(3) as a 509(a)(1) Tax Exempt Non-Profit Organization.

 

Meet the Team

 

Kenny Powell

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Serving since 2014

NASAR SARTECH II, K9 Handler, Flanker

 

K9 Sadie

Breed: Belgian Malinois

Discipline: Area Search

NASAR Canine SARTECH III Certified, CPCS Area Search Certified

Arthur Powell

Co-Founder & Director

Serving since 2014

NASAR SARTECH II, Flanker

Stephen Burton

Co-Founder & Director

Serving since 2014

 NASAR SARTECH II, K9 Handler, Flanker

 

K9 Jemma

Breed: Belgian Malinois

Discipline: Area Search

CPCS Area Search Certified

 

Emily Smythies

Serving since 2016

NASAR SARTECH II, K9 Handler, Flanker

 

K9 Brienne

Breed: Belgian Malinois

Discipline: Area Search

NASAR Canine SARTECH III Certified

 

Janie Shelswell-White

Training Coordinator

Serving since 2015

NASAR SARTECH II, Flanker, Team Photographer

Geoff White

Flanking Coordinator

Serving since 2015

NASAR SARTECH II, Flanker, BLS Healthcare Provider

Kim Romain

Serving since 2015

NASAR SARTECH II, K9 Handler, Flanker, EMT Basic, BLS Healthcare Provider, Veterinary Technician

 

Tim Haskew

Serving since 2015

K9 Handler, Flanker

 

K9 Ollie

Breed: Standard Poodle

Discipline: Area Search

Aidan Nicholas

Serving since 2016

NASAR SARTECH II, K9 Handler, Flanker

 

K9 Ghost

Breed: Siberian Husky

Discipline: Therapy

 

Courses and Certifications

Our team members train weekly, attend seminars yearly, and maintain certification through nationally recognized search and rescue bodies. Below is a list of course work completed and certifications currently held by our team:

  • NASAR SARTECH II
  • NASAR Canine SARTECH III
  • CPCS Area Search
  • CPR and First Aid (or equivalent)
  • HAM radio license
  • ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700, ICS-800, and ICS-809
  • Bloodborne Pathogen
  • Crime Scene Preservation
  • Dogs have a CGC (or equivalent)