FXCFRD Receives Search and Rescue K-9s (K-9s Arrive at Dulles, August 9, 2014)

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 14-75
Date:  August 04, 2014

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will receive two newly trained search and rescue K-9s, Saturday, August 9, 2014. The dogs and their handlers will arrive at Dulles International Airport from Southern California at approximately 5:30 p.m., near the arrivals area, door one.

The dogs have been trained by the National Search Dog Foundation for approximately one year and have been partnered with two firefighter/dog handlers, working a 24-hour shift with their handlers. The foundation has rescued hundreds of dogs, many on the brink of euthanasia, and turned them into highly skilled rescuers. The training has produced 144 Canine/Firefighter Search Teams, 72 are still active throughout the country. Various teams have responded to 104 missing person searches and disasters, including the World Trade Center attack, Hurricane Katrina, Haiti and Japan earthquakes, and scores of local and regional emergencies.

As part of the FXCFRD, both K-9 teams will be available to respond to missing person incidents, and will be a valuable resource during search and rescue operations within collapsed structures. The dogs will be a shared asset between the department and Virginia Task Force One, Fairfax County's Urban Search and Rescue Team.

The dogs and training were provided at no cost to Fairfax County. The K-9s and handlers will be available for interviews.

For more information, contact the Virginia Task Force One Program Manger at 571-722-7046.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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