Christensen, NREMT-I (85) AEMT-A
EMT-A, ISU-IEM, AHA
Ann Christensen is President and
Founder of Idaho Search & Rescue Dogs, Inc. and
has been active training and handling search dogs since 1994.
She is a member of the National Association for Search and Rescue
(NASAR) and was appointed as the Canine Committee Chair for that
organization in 2009.
Ann has also been a member of
the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) since 1998
serves as a SAR Liaison for the organization.
Ann and her dogs have responded
on numerous incidents and are credited with both live finds and body
recoveries. She and her K-9s have worked with numerous local and federal
law enforcement agencies including the National Park Service and the
FBI. They have received recognition for their work from a number of
agencies and organizations including the FBI, Law Enforcement Training
Specialists, and the AKC Award for Canine Excellence (ACE) Program..
Ann has appeared on or been interviewed by local, national, and
international media outlets including the Outdoor Channel, Dog Fancy,
U.S. News and World Report, and
IRIN which is a service of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of
In addition to working her own
dogs in SAR, Ann has taught land cadaver, water cadaver, tracking, and
first responder disaster to hundreds of dog teams and organizations
which include NASAR, SARDOC, and Dog Meet.
She is a certification official for both cadaver and live
find certifications and is recognized in Idaho courts as an expert
witness regarding cadaver dogs.
Ann has been a canine instructor
since 1996 and currently owns and operates High Country Shepherds in
Shelley, Idaho where she has taught numerous classes for companion dogs
and their owners.
In addition to her work in SAR,
Ann was an Emergency Medical Technician for fourteen years with the
Shelley-Firth Quick Response Unit (QRU) where she helped provide
emergency medical services for approximately 600 square miles of
southeastern Idaho. Ann
was the training officer for the QRU from 2002 to 2007.
She is also an instructor for both Basic and Advanced Emergency
Medical Technician classes and an instructor for the American Heart
Association in Basic Life Support and CPR.
Ann was a part-time instructor for Idaho State University’s
Institute of Emergency Management and taught government officials and
employees, first responders, fire departments, and law enforcement
around the State of Idaho.