Jim Yeager


Jim started Search & Rescue with the National Ski Patrol from 1976 to 1979, and that was followed by college and a career in the military. In 1993, he worked Search & Rescue for Northern Iraq as JSOTF Operations Chief. In 1996, he began working with Search Dog Network in Colorado training his first Air Scent dog, Flash. In 1997, he retired from the military and moved to College Station, Texas.

In 1997, Jim joined Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) as a Canine Search Specialist, followed by Logistics Specialist, and he is currently a Search Team Manager on the Blue Team.

Between Search Dog Network and TX-TF 1 he has deployed on over 50 missions including:

  • Shuttle Columbia
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Hurricane Rita
  • Hurricane Ike

Search & Rescue experience includes:

  • National Search & Rescue School
    -Search Management Course
    -Inland SAR Planning Course
  • Search Team Manager, Texas Task Force 1
    -FEMA Canine Search Specialist Course
    -FEMA Technical Search Specialist Course
  • National Association for Search & Rescue
    -Managing the Lost Person Incident
    -Advanced Search & Rescue
    -Fundamentals of Search & Rescue

He is a NASAR SAR Tech 2 and an Evaluator for:

  • NASAR Coordinator Canine SAR Tech since 2003
  • NASAR Coordinator Disaster Canine Responder since 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, National Association of Search & Rescue since 1996
  • Member, Local Emergency Management Planning Council since 2001
  • Member, Southeast Texas Search & Rescue Alliance 2001 to 2008
  • Chairman, American Red Cross Disaster Committee from 2000 to 2002
  • Volunteer, American Red Cross Disaster Action Team 1999 to 2003
  • Volunteer, Montgomery County Search & Rescue 1999 to 2006
  • Member, International Working Dog Breeding Association 2007

He works for TEEX Urban Search & Rescue Division where he is a Training Manager for the Search & Rescue training in Disaster City®.