Our Online Courses

  • Taught by instructors with decades of search and rescue experience serving as K9 handlers, trainers, and scientific researchers.

  • Affordable and convenient way to receive critical training necessary to make and keep you mission-ready.

  • Available from the safety and comfort of your own home or office without the challenges of travel and time away from work and family.


Cofounder CFTE Online

Deana Hudgins

Deana has a wealth of experience in the field of Search and Rescue and since 2001 has responded to hundreds of missing person searches for local, state, and federal agencies. She is the Executive Director and a Founding Member of Ohio Search and Recovery Canines and also a Canine Search Specialist for FEMA Ohio Task Force One working both human remains detection and live find canines.

Deana is a trainer and lead evaluator, and frequently consults as a subject matter expert for large scale training exercises and missing person cases providing guidance in search strategy and planning, resource management, mapping and data collection.

Cofounder CFTE Online

Kathleen Kelsey

Kathleen has been training search and rescue dogs since 2003 and is a Canine Search Specialist for FEMA Missouri Task Force One and McLean County EMA. She provides K9 assets for local law enforcement and deploys around the country in response to natural and manmade disasters.

Kathleen works both live find and human remains detection dogs and serves an instructor and evaluator for multiple national search dog organizations. Kathleen is the owner of Working Dog Enterprises which specializes in detection dog focused research and education and is the founder of Calvary Canine, a non-profit that provides training support to search and rescue dogs.

Workshop Team

Our workshop instructors have extensive knowledge and experience in missing persons cases from their years as first responders, search and rescue, K9 handlers and trainers, instructors, and scientific researchers. Combined, our staff has over 100 years of experience in search and rescue.

Nick Fathergill - Training Director
Athena Haus - Instructor
Tom Haus - Instructor