Search and Rescue Dog Association Southern Scotland (Registered charity SC028709) is affiliated to Scottish Mountain Rescue and a founder member of NSARDA.
SARDA Southern Scotland is a non profit making, voluntary organisation to help the Police and Mountain Rescue Teams search for missing people.
All handlers and trainees are active members of a Scottish Mountain Rescue team and represent a wide range of teams including,Galloway,Tweed Valley,Lomond,Killin,Tayside,Arran and Oban.
SARDA Southern Scotland can provide search and rescue dogs in Central or Southern Scotland at any time 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Incidents average at around fifty five per year and handlers may be called to assist in parts of Scotland further north such as Glencoe and the Cairngorms as well as parts of Northern England, including the Lake District.
Around sixty percent of call-outs involve missing person searches for the old and vulnerable, often in urban or semi-urban environments and to reflect this all handlers have to pass an assesement in these type on environments before progressing on to mountain grades.