Arizona Search Dogs

Arizona Search Dogs is a nonprofit (501c3) organization

Arizona Search Dogs is a nonprofit (501c3) organization that trains, certifies, and develops Canine Search Specialist teams for mobilization with Urban Search and Rescue task Forces. Arizona Search Dogs is goverened by a Board of Directors

Steve Sager


Hired by the Phoenix Fire Department on July 15th 1985, 

Graduated paramedic school on January 19th, 1990

1993-1998 Worked as a paramedic preceptor teaching  medic students in the trauma centers and emergency rooms at then John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Josephs Hospital and County Hospital.

1998 completed Air Crash Rescue Firefighting training and certification.

2000 Promoted to Captain

2000-2003 Worked in the Technical Services Division of the Phoenix Fire Department. Managed a million dollar budget to test, improve and implement changes to the proposed new radio system to improve firefighter safety.

2001 Was awarded the Dale Brandt Memorial Paramedic of the Year Award for off duty actions in the mountains of the Colorado National Monument

2003 Joined the City of Phoenix Homeland Defense Bureau

January 27th, 2006 Completed the Arizona Terrorism Liaison Officer Program (TLO #17)

May 19th, 2006 Completed the Hazardous Materials Technician program  

March 23rd, 2007 Completed Dignitary Protection School  

November 14th, 2008 Completed SAU Carbine Operator School (on own time)  

March 5th, 2010 Completed the Tactical Operations in Hazardous Environments SCBA School

Received the Arizona TLO Distinguished Service Award for 2015

Retired November 28th 2016
Rick Salyers

 

Rick Salyers has been a member of the Phoenix Fire Department since 1981.  Rick has also served 33 years both active duty and reserves in the United States Marine Corps. With his most recent assignment which was in Iraq with I Marine Expeditionary Forces as Counterintelligence/HUMINT Officer. His primary mission was focused on combating insurgency and terrorist. He just retired from the Marine Corps as a CWO5 on 1 August 05.

 

Retired from the Phoenix Fire Department after 33 years 2014, Rick held the position of Captain/Paramedic assigned to the City of Phoenix Homeland Defense Bureau serving as Intelligence Program Manager.  Rick’s other past assignments was Director of Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) for the State of Arizona. This position encompasses all Law Enforcement and Fire Department TLO personnel for the State of Arizona on Staff at the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC).

 

Currently Rick continues to work as a volunteer at ACTIC where he put together a classified weekly terrorist summary.

DOUG MUMMERT


Doug Mummert served over 36 years with the Phoenix Fire Department, retiring as a Division Chief. He also served as a firefighter, EMT, Paramedic, Hazardous Materials Technician, Engineer, Captain, Public Information Officer, and Battalion Chief. He is an original member of both the FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Task Force (AZTF-1) and the departments All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT). He also served on the FEMA USAR Incident Support Team (IST) and as a subject matter expert for the Department of Homeland Security. Doug is also a proud military veteran of the United States Air Force.

He enjoys serving on the board and as an officer for several professional & non-profit organizations, including The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences & the Academy’s Foundation, Arizona Search Dogs, and the Arizona March of Dimes. Doug served as the fire department’s Community Service Fund Drive (United Way Campaign) Liaison and on the Executive Committee from 2002 until his retirement. He was honored to serve as the city’s Campaign Chairman in 2008 and 2013. Both campaigns raised over a million dollars each for local charities.

With the help of many, he created the program, Phoenix Fire Works in 1998, which would ultimately fill a void in educating and informing the public about topical fire department related issues. Thanks to an excellent, collaborating production team, the program won critical acclaim and has been awarded or been nominated for many major awards, including the Rocky Mountain Emmy. He authored several articles for various magazines and later in his career, Doug hosted Phoenix Fire’s weekly radio program, Valley Watch, which can be heard on several radio stations throughout the area. He is also widely known as the “father” of Samantha, the synthesized voice heard dispatching incidents over Channel One on the radio and in the fire stations.

During his career he was awarded the department’s Medal of Honor, The Alan V. Brunacini Award of Excellence, The Stephan A. Jensen Media Excellence Award, The Lifetime Achievement Award and multiple Awards of Merit & Unit Citations. He has also received two City of Phoenix CSFD Chairman’s Awards, multiple Telly Awards and was nominated for several Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards.

In retirement Doug is staying busy, he volunteers for the department on such programs as the Rides for Toys charity events and still produces the radio program. He also heads up the department’s charitable arm, the Phoenix Fire Foundation.

He enjoys serving on the board and as an officer for several professional & non-profit organizations, including The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Arizona Search Dogs. Doug served as the fire department’s Community Service Fund Drive (United Way Campaign) Liaison and on the Executive Committee from 2002 until his retirement. He was honored to serve as the city’s Campaign Chairman in 2008 and 2013. Both campaigns raised over a million dollars each for local charities.

With the help of many, he created the program, Phoenix Fire Works in 1998, which would ultimately fill a void in educating and informing the public about topical fire department related issues. Thanks to an excellent, collaborating production team, the program won critical acclaim and has been awarded or been nominated for many major awards, including the Rocky Mountain Emmy. He authored several articles for various magazines and later in his career, Doug hosted Phoenix Fire’s weekly radio program, Valley Watch, which can be heard on several radio stations throughout the area. He is also widely known as the “father” of Samantha, the synthesized voice heard dispatching incidents over Channel One on the radio and in the fire stations.

During his career he was awarded the department’s Medal of Honor, Alan V. Brunacini Award of Excellence, Stephan A. Jensen Media Excellence Award, multiple Awards of Merit & Unit Citations, two City of Phoenix CSFD Chairman’s Awards, multiple Telly Awards and was nominated for several Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards.

In retirement Doug is staying busy, he volunteers for the department on such programs as the Rides for Toys charity events and still produces the radio program. He also heads up the department’s charitable arm, the Phoenix Fire Foundation, and was the director of Public Affairs for the 100 Club of Arizona.