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MC2 celebrated 25 years in 2011
Debbi observes a crime scene investigation
Joan and Clancy Easter practice 2007
Kula and Kayla ready to Trick or Treat
Brenda at Home School Demo
Bob Cowan at a 1998 work party
Brenda finds Dave and Christine
Lue Button's original logo design
Dog demonstration Aspen School 1998
MC2's youngest subject 1998
Ray, Brenda, Pecos at water training 1995
Dog Demonstration, Aspen School 1998
Terry 7 months pregnant
Kula "finds" an NM State Police diver
Larry, Dara and Dave at Wilderness Gate
Clancy waits to track at Mountain Canine Corps practice
Dave and Hank practice riding a snowmobile at avalanche training
Dave rewards Hank after a find at MC2 practice
Matt rushes to reward Roxie after a humans remains find at MC2 practice
MC2 dogs at a retirement party for Jasper (gray Weimeraner on left)
Steve rewards Zeke after finding Larry at a MC2 practice
Zeke finds the turn of a lost subject's track at MC2 practice

Mountain Canine Corps

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Outside Magazine with Los Alamos search and rescue
In October 2009 Outside magazine senior editor Grayson Schaffer and his dog Danger joined the Los Alamos Mountain Canine Corps so that Danger could become a search and rescue dog. Schaffer describes Danger as a “wicked smart, but willful” dog who initially didn’t take well to commands. But after consistent training and practice, Danger has made some progress and appears to have the potential to be a first-rate search and rescue dog. But will Danger’s rowdy, willful past return to haunt him and foil his chance to become a permanent member of the search and rescue team? In the Face of Danger from Walker Parks on Vimeo.

About Us

Los Alamos Mountain Canine Corps Search and RescueMountain Canine Corps (MCC) is a nonprofit search and rescue (SAR) organization that is composed of all volunteers. Our mission is the training and fielding of search dogs and personnel to help locate missing persons. Our motto is the motto of the SAR community- “that others may live.” We focus primarily on training for and participating in SAR missions in the wilderness setting.

Jasper plays with his reward, a stick, following his find.MCC is a member of the New Mexico Emergency Services Council New Mexico Emergency Services Council and the National Association for Search and Rescue. As part of the search and rescue community in New Mexico, we are called out for searches, often along with numerous other teams, through the Incident Command System. The State Police initiates all SAR missions in NM.

Enjoying the cozy warmth of a burrito wrap during the Wilderness First Responder course.MCC, or MC “squared”, was founded in 1986 and we currently have 23 members, 7 mission ready dogs, and 6 dogs in training. We are proud to be part of the search and rescue community in New Mexico. As a SAR team, a variety of training outside of dog and scent theory training is crucial for our members in order for us to contribute to missions in a safe and meaningful way; we also train in areas such as navigation, map and compass, wilderness medicine, crime scene preservation, amateur radio, and mantracking. Our team has 15 licensed HAM radio operators, 5 certified Wilderness First Responders, and numerous Wilderness Advanced First Aid certificated members. Of course, we also need to learn dog first aid! In addition, many of our members contribute to missions in base camp as we also have a number of section chief- and field coordinator-trained individuals on the team.

What We Do

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We assist, as part of the search and rescue (SAR) community in New Mexico, in locating missing persons. We respond to search missions 24 hours a day/7 days a week. The State Police initiates all SAR missions in NM. MCC is then called out, often along with several other SAR teams, through the Incident Command System.

We deploy on search missions in all kinds of weather, over all kinds of terrain, and, more often than not, in the middle of the night. We are focused primarily on wilderness missions, but our team also has experienced handlers and canines in urban disaster SAR. To meet the challenges of missions, our team must be diverse in nature and we have tracking/trailing, scent-specific airscent dogs, and scent-generic air scent trained dogs. While we spend the majority of our mission time looking for live subjects, we also have cadaver locating dogs, who assist in recovery situations. (The dog types are explained in the search dogs section.)

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Search Dogs

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Why use dogs for searching for missing persons?

Dogs have an amazing physiology that is optimized for scent work. Dogs have millions of more receptors in their nose than humans and a larger portion of their brain is dedicated to processing scent signals. They use their keen sense of smell from birth. This sense allows dogs to “see” back in time, which is extremely beneficial in a search. A tracking/trailing dog, for example, can use scent to “see” the previous presence of a missing subject and the direction they traveled.

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