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ABOUT Raven Response Group

Raven Response Group was established as a Private Volunteer Search and Rescue Organization and serves in partnership with the Compass Foundation; a 501 (c)3 serving as a resource for law enforcement and emergency services. Specializing in K9 Search and Rescue and Recovery, communications, and search management. We deploy for missing/lost persons and disasters at the request of Law Enforcement, Fire/Emergency Management, and/or FEMA.  


meet the Leadership team

Brett Shayler

Brett started his volunteer career in Search and Rescue over 20 years ago and has served with a K9 partner for most of those years.  He has run both live find and Human Remains K9s and is currently serving with K9 Alex who is a dual purpose K9 for Area Search and Trailing.  Brett has an extensive background in Ground Search and Rescue, Search Management, Mounted Search and Rescue, K9 Search and Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue, Dive Rescue, and Emergency Management.  

Karen Shayler

Karen started in Search and Rescue almost 10 years ago.  She currently serves with K9 Gus and K9 Liberty.  Both are Trailing K9's.

Karen has extensive training and experience in Ground Search and Rescue, K9 Search and Rescue, Mounted Search and Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue, Search Management, and Emergency Management.  

David Clay

David along with Brett helped to start Raven Response Group.  He has served with us almost since the beginning.  David started his service with K9 Scooter who was a Human Remains Detection K9.  When Scooter retired, David continued to assist with K9 training and has been a fixed part of the team for many years.  His expertise and knowledge make him a great teacher and member. He has extensive knowlege and training in Ground Search and Rescue, K9 Search and Rescue, Search Management, and Emergency Management.

David Sidle

Currently serving us in Utah, David has been a team lead and liaison for 6 years.  He serves with K9 Bailee in Area Search and Human Remains Detection. David has extensive experience in Ground Search, Search Management, K9 Search and Rescue, Fire and Emergency Management. David has extensive volunteer experience with Civil Air Patrol and serveral other Search and Rescue teams.

Certified K9's



  • Ground Search and Rescue

  • K9 Search and Rescue 

  • Mounted Search And Rescue

  • Search Management

  • Communications

  • Lost Person Behavior

  • Public Safety Diver​

You have not lived until you have done Something for someone who can never repay you

-john Bunyan

Join The Team

Want to join? We welcome anyone who is interested in joining our team to reach out to us at the non-emergency number below or find us on Facebook.  All our training is done utilizing current Search and Rescue Standards.  Our training standards meet and/or exceed current industry standards.

All required training must be completed before member is permitted to deploy for any position.  Team members are required to attend and participate in at least 50% of unit meetings and training and submit proof of any extra training to their unit leadership or to main office if training outside of a unit every year.  

Members are required to provide their own equipment and gear.  Base uniforms consist of a team t-shirt, Royal Blue long sleeve field shirt, khaki hiking/tactical pant, black or tan tactical boot. Team ball caps are also available for order.  Specialty uniform items may be substituted for Specialty SAR Disciplines to include K9, Public Safety Diver, and Mounted SAR.  All substitutions must be approved.

Not sure you want to join, but want to get involved to see what its about, contact us at the non-emergency number below and see about attending one of our regular training sessions.  We are always looking for folks to "get lost". Come out and participate or just ask questions and see what we're all about.

Currently seeking for North Texas

K9 Handlers (Area, Trailing, and HRD) - Volunteer position; requires at minimum an understanding of basic canine behavior as it relates to Search And Rescue and experience/training in Ground Search and Rescue. All K9's shall be certified in their discipline utilizing double blind standards. No exceptions. Contact us for a list of acceptable certifying organizations.

Mounted Search And Rescue - Volunteer position; requires at minimum an understanding of basic horsemanship and equine behavior.

Public Safety Divers - Volunteer position; requires at minimum certified Public Safety Diver or willing to certify to that level.  Must be Advanced Open Water or higher to apply for consideration. Special consideration to those already qualified.

Currently taking applications for Louisiana for all Levels of SAR Responder