A global community can only work with the help of professional coordination mechanisms. Above all, the coordination of activities is a crucial factor for success in humanitarian aid operations. The United Nations is a driving force here, and the IRO is anchored in this network as an expert institution for search and rescue dogs.
The core element of the IRO mandate is the international exchange and cooperation between search and rescue dog teams, deployment and training experts and higher-level organisations.
The IRO is responsible for bringing together and coordinating the most important players in search and rescue dog work worldwide. The following tasks in particular are carried out by the IRO as the coordination office:
- Cooperation with the United Nations (UN OCHA, INSARAG)
- Interface for the exchange of know-how and knowledge transfer (e.g. about events, symposia, studies, media etc.)
- Close cooperation with politics and their representatives
- Organisation and promotion of the international cooperation of search and rescue dog organisations, dog handlers, experts and international organisations
- Communication interface and networking platform for all matters related to the search and rescue dog discipline
- Coordination in cases of major emergencies
- Provision of search and rescue dog teams for deployment organisations (e.g. USAR teams)