SAR - CERT Unit
Puerto Rico * Florida
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BOONDOCKS K9 S.A.R - CERT - Florida and Puerto Rico
We are a non-profit volunteer organization founded in 2014, because of our passion for working with dogs as a family.
My name is Luis Vega, along with my wife Liza and our three children and the incredible working availability of our well-trained K-9's (S.A.R- Search and Rescue) we decided to provide canine search and rescue assistance.
Together with other humanitarian aid groups we found our passion to serve our community and others in need. We realized we would need volunteers and were certain there were other people with the same drive and devotion to provide this service.
Our volunteers, with a passion for their mission, have been trained extensively in a variety of skills making them invaluable as first responders and assisting the professionals in delivering services to those in need.
Here at BOONDOCKS K9 S.A.R – CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), we have a recruitment strategy for volunteers that care about each other as well as those we serve as if they are family. We look for volunteers with a clear idea of what needs to be accomplished and how to carry out our mission. We are always trying to expand our horizons and grow our vision.
At a minimum all staff are trained in areas such as: Hazwoper, CPR or higher, Wide Area Search, Bloodborne Pathogens, Fire Control, Cribbing, National Incident Management System, Crime Scene Preservation, and Advanced CERT training. Most of our training comes through FEMA. Many of our current volunteers are prior military and others have nothing more than passion, every one of them has a way to contribute to the organization.
We are ready to aid and assist our local, state or federal governmental agencies. We also provide help to individuals, the community, and other groups registered as a non-profit, non-governmental organizations. We also offer to train and certify other dogs for free for other CERT groups.
In September 2017, BOONDOCKS K9 S.A.R - CERT became very involved in providing assistance after hurricane Maria in one of the worst disasters ever experienced on the island of Puerto Rico. Boondocks worked in partnership with USSAR, and PRUSAR Task Force 1, as well as with federal, state, and municipal agencies.
As these partnerships evolved BOONDOCKS K9 S.A.R - CERT never left the island, and eventually became the BOONDOCKS K9 S.A.R - CERT Puerto Rico Unit, which we proudly boast is one of the premier first responder units on the island and the Caribbean.
After the 2018 Hurricanes we had to convert our NGO as a 501c3 Organization.
Boondocks operates year round, offering Search and Rescue, as well as Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) and Disaster Recovery services to communities locally, nationally and internationally. Being a non-profit organization Boondocks depends on donations for travel, lodging, and supplies for volunteers as well as those it serves. In the past, it has relied on the generosity of its volunteers to fund the office and travel needs. This has resulted in high turnover, difficulty in attracting qualified personnel, and limited continuity for the participants whose success depends on maintaining positive attitudes and building meaningful relationships within the communities served.
As we have been building these relationships we are seeing the desire for our services grow.
Consequently, Boondocks is finding it necessary to request donations from Supporters to assist its efforts of providing the services it has pledged. A contribution for our 2020 funding will give us the jump-start we need while we continue our meaningful work.
"We would rather be called and not needed, than to be needed and not called."
We are driven to maintain a professional, forward-thinking, high-quality TEAM. We stand ready to serve 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
2019 we united our efforts with the Florida State Firefighters Association and Intervol working as a Disaster Response Team.
Our first Disaster together! Hurricane Dorian! a storm that devastated the Bahamas for 3 consecutive days as of today we are working together on their recovery, plus we are hosting Firemen from Hope Town Bahamas for training with FSFA in the State of Florida.
We need you as a sponsor to continue to develop our organizations programs, which will make an important difference in the lives of the communities we serve.