I have always wanted to be a canine handler...I am not on any USAR team and have not applied. I want to be fully prepared when I present this to my Chief to get his blessing. I know the first step for this is to apply to the team...but is there any other avenue I can take on my own?? I would be willing to pay my own way without reimbursement...I have just wanted to do this for years. I am not getting any younger you know...lol. Any suggestions...that would be great, I am in the Hilton Head/Savannah area here in the Southeast US...any help would be great! Thanks!