Our Trainers

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Ann Wichmann

Ann has taught throughout the country and spoken internationally on the development and training of search dog teams in both wilderness and disaster environments. She began training service dogs in 1975, when she became the first female park ranger in the State of Colorado.

Co-founder of Front Range Rescue Dogs, Ann has also co-founded a park ranger service dog program, Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado, and Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States. She served on the FEMA Canine Subcommittee from 1991 until 2004, helping to develop both the teaching curriculum and national standard for the Disaster Search Canine Readiness Program. Ann is a chief evaluator and mentor for FEMA and an evaluator with Front Range Rescue Dogs. She is the owner and operator of Jenner’s Run.

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Teresa MacPherson

Teresa has a long history of search and rescue experience, specializing in Canine Search and Search Management since 1989. Her disciplines include Wilderness Search, Human Remains Detection, Water Search and Disaster Response.

Teresa has responded to numerous missions on local, State, Federal and International levels. These deployments have included the OKC bombing of the Murrah building; hurricanes Katrina and Ike; the Bam, Iran, earthquake; the school collapse in Haiti; the Haiti earthquake; as well as responses to call-outs by the FBI, CIA, NCIS, and local law enforcement agencies.

In addition to responding to search missions, Teresa has instructed and evaluated across the United States and has traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the United Kingdom to assist in the education and evaluation of their search resources.

“I love search, I love dogs, I love what I do!”

Denise Alvord

Denise Alvord is a firefighter/paramedic in Colorado and has been heavily involved in multiple aspects of mountain search and rescue for over 14 years. She has certified/worked three dogs in trailing, air scent, cadaver (land and water recovery), avalanche and disaster. She is a K-9 testing evaluator for state and national certification organizations. Denise responds regularly to K-9 requests across Colorado and has had opportunity to work and train in a variety of terrain and climates across the United States and internationally. Denise has instructed at numerous local, regional and national police and SAR K9 seminars.

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