SDF-trained Search Teams deploy to help in aftermath of Camp Fire

Two SDF-trained Canine Disaster Search Teams deployed to assist in the wake of the Camp Fire in Northern California. The deadliest fire in California state history, the Camp Fire decimated hundreds of structures across thousands of acres, leaving more than 80 dead and another several hundred still missing. Despite the …

SDF Search Team deploys to Hurricane Michael, ranked among the top most-powerful hurricanes to hit the US

Just 11 days after returning home from a mission to the Carolinas where they spent nearly 3 weeks aiding those affected by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, SDF-trained search team Marshia Hall & Lilah are deploying again with their FEMA task force in response to Hurricane Michael. The SDF Search …

SDF-trained Canine Disaster Search Teams deployed for Hurricane Olivia

On Saturday, September 8, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began deploying U.S. Urban Disaster Search and Rescue teams to the state of Hawaii in anticipation of Hurricane Olivia, which had the potential to make landfall by the 11th.  Two SDF-trained canine teams from California Task Force 3 (CA-TF3, …

3 SDF-trained Canine Disaster Search Teams deployed for Hurricane Lane

Hurricane Lane was originally a Category 5 hurricane, eventually reaching the Hawaiian islands on August 22 as a slightly weaker Category 4 storm. Even though it did not pass directly over the islands, the massive amount of rainfall and subsequent flooding damaged parts of Hawaii. Three FEMA task forces, including …

Texas Canine Disaster Search Teams respond to parking garage collapse

On July 31, 2018, SDF-trained Search Teams Derek Chaky & Scout and Laurel Pitman & Sonic deployed just after noon to a two-story parking garage collapse in Irving, TX. With 21 vehicles impacted by the rubble, rescuers needed to confirm no one had been inside the structure when it fell. Thankfully, …

Search Teams ensure no survivors left behind in Poughkeepsie building collapse

On June 18, SDF-trained Search Teams Brian Girard & Keila and Greg Gould & Dax answered the call when a storm caused a seven-story building collapsed into neighboring structures, causing a total of five buildings to come down. Rescuers immediately discovered one woman alive in the rubble but the destruction …