Ernest Capdevila

Ernest Capdevila
Category: Team Europe
INBTI-Operator: Assistant Instructor
Company: Firefighter
training provided: Mantrailing
country: Spain


Helicopter mechanic.
Firefighter at Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government, Spain) since 1998.
Member of the Canine Unit of the Firefighters since 2009.
Currently operative with an Air Scenting Giant Schnauzer and a Mantrailing Bloodhound.

October 2015, Certified Mantrailing K9 Handler by the INBTI.

INBTI Mantrailing Seminars:

- October 2013, Barcelona, with Kevin Kocher
- March 2014, Toledo, with Roberta Bottaro and Kevin Kocher
- September 2014, Tarragona, with Kevin Kocher
- October 2015 Gavirate (Italy) with Frank Kania, Chad Carpenter, Roberta Bottaro, Pierluigi Tenni, Valeria Piana.
- November 2015, Girona with Frank Kania.

Other Mantrailing seminars:

June 2015, Barcelona, Mantrailing Seminal given by US Instructor Kevin Gannon, German Instructor Joanna Haller and Swiss Instructor Marc Lauber.


- 2015, Barcelona, Clicker Training Levels I and II, by Alberto Ayala (Al Perro Verde).

- Years 2008 to 2014, Rescue in Avalanches Training, by Miguel del Prado.

- February 2015, Advanced Rescue in Avalanches Training by Miguel del Prado.

- Courses offered by ENPC ( National Civil Protection School)
 June 2008, Basic veterinary first aid course for S&R K9s.
 Canine Handlers Course. February 2009, training on Search and Rescue with S&R K9s.
 Canine Handlers Course. September 2009 Specialised in Large Areas.
 Canine Handlers Course. March 20120, Specialised in collapsed structures.
 Canine Handlers Course. July 2013, Specialised in landslides.

- Courses offered by ISCP (Catalunya’s Public Security Institute):
 May 2019, Research K9 handler course.
 November 2010 and October 2011, Advanced Research K9 handler course.
 November 2012, Collapsed structures K9 Handler.
 November 2013, Advanced Collapsed structures K9 Handler.
 November 2014, surface tracking K9 handler course.


- 2008 to 2010, Institute Joan Oró (Lleida), learning methodology of a Search dog.

- 2011 to 2014, Pont de Suert (Pyrenees), K9 search in avalanches, training for people working at ski slopes.

- 2011 to 2014, K9 search in avalanches, part of the Universitat de Barcelona Master in Emergencies and Catastrophies.

- 2011 to 2014 Assistant and instructor at the Rescue in Avalanches Training organised by Miguel del Prado.

- 2013, Course on K9 search in landslides at the Firefighters Canine Unit of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

- 2014, Mantraining initiation for the GCR (Canine Search Group) of the Bombers de la Generalitat.

- 2014 and 2015, methodology of K9 Units of Firefighters in tracking, air scenting and mantrailing.

- 2013 to present date, trainer of Search and Rescue with K9s at Institute of Public Health of Catalunya.

- 2015, Solsona, methodology of K9 Units of Firefighters in tracking, air scenting and mantrailing.

- Currently training a Mantrailing and Airscenting group in the Barcelona (Spain) area.