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Heather Suedkamp


Executive Summary:


Laurie Strite is a search and rescue team leader and lead K9 trainer for the KlaasKids Regional Search Operations Center. She is a Wilderness First Responder and a NASAR SAR TECH I certified crew chief. She has worked five different K9’s in three different disciplines. She currently works K9 Quest and K9 Angel in Human Remains Detection and K9 Junior and K9 Skye in trailing. When not working her own K9's or attending seminars, Laurie loves instructing where she can share her experiences and continue to learn from students. Laurie retired from IBM where she worked as a project manager. She has a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications and spent most of her career in the field of computer networking. Laurie and other team members have developed  a collaborative computing environment that allows multiple search planners to work together on large missing person cases where Incident Command is sending hundreds of emergent volunteers into the field.



My Certifications & Required Classes/Exams:

  • NASAR SAR Tech I (National Association for Search & Rescue)

  • NASAR SAR Tech II (National Association for Search & Rescue)

  • Wilderness First Responders Certification

  • Wilderness First Aid Certification

  • Graduate of National Search and Rescue School

  • IS-00100.a Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 (FEMA)

  • IS-00200.a ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, ICS-200 (FEMA)

  • IS-00300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents (FEMA)

  • IS-00700 National Incident Management System, An Introduction (FEMA)

  • IS-00800 National Incident Management System, An Introduction (FEMA)

  • IS-00809 Emergency Support Function (ESF) #9 Search and Rescue (FEMA)

  • Basic Public Information Officer (PIO), (G-290) (Florida State Emergency Response Team)

  • Adult/Child/Infant CPR w/AED (American Red Cross)

  • Standard First Aid (American Red Cross)

  • Bloodborne Pathogens (Michigan State University)

  • Hazardous Materials Response – Awareness Level (Michigan State University)

  • Crime Scene Preservation (NSDA & Shreveport Fire Dept & KlaasKIDS)

  • National Search Dog Alliance General Written Exam

  • National Search Dog Alliance LAND HRD Written Exam

  • National Search Dog Alliance TRAILING Written Exam

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