|Posted by azsearchdogs on April 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM|
PHOENIX FIRE/FEMA AZ-TF1 CANINE HANDLERS
DEPLOYED TO WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE
Two dog handlers and their canines from the Phoenix Fire Department/Arizona Task Force One (AZ-TF1) are being deployed to assist in the search and recovery efforts following the severe mudslides that occurred March 22, 2014, in Snohomish County, Washington.
Twenty-two people are still missing under the 1,500 foot-wide mudslide area.
Arizona Search Dogs and their handlers are mobilized with FEMA Urban Search and Rescue task forces. Each canine and handler team must be certified through FEMA in search and rescue. There are less than 200 certified canine and handler teams in the United States.
Disaster canines are trained to locate victims and indicate the position where the strongest scent is found with a focused bark alert. It is a highly specialized team.
Arizona Task Force 1 is one of 28 National Urban Search and Rescue teams prepared to deploy in response to local or national disasters. Task forces are located throughout the United States.
The AZ-TF1 deployment began on March 25, 2014.