Search Teams stage for possible mudslides during California storm

Ahead of a major rainstorm event this week, Task Forces throughout California prepared to respond, in case of a repeat of the devastating Montecito mudslides in January 2018. Six SDF-trained Search Teams were activated to stand ready — teams from Long Beach Fire and Orange County Fire Authority arrived in …

Florida teams search for survivors of pedestrian bridge collapse

On March 15, SDF-trained Search Team Julie Padelford-Jansen & Ricochet responded with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to a collapsed pedestrian bridge that had been under construction on the Florida International University campus. Ricochet and teammates searched for survivors, ensuring no one was left behind beneath the rubble that covered multiple cars and walkways. See …

SDF-Trained Search Teams Assist After Deadly California Mudslides

Our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones and those affected by this disaster. We are grateful for the rescuers, both two- and four-legged, on the ground during this time of great need. Thank you for supporting our teams to prepare them for this deployment and thank you for …

5 SDF Search Teams Deploy to Puerto Rico In Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Just a week after Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida and the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria picked up speed and took aim at the same area. While some Task Forces had demobilized, several remained, sheltering in place so they could quickly help local communities as the storm passed. SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 – …

7 SDF Search Teams Respond to Mexico City After Deadly Earthquake

Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which saw 26 SDF-trained Search Teams deployed, seven of our teams have now responded to Mexico City following a deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the region on the morning of September 19. SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 – 11:30 AM LOCAL TIME As the rescue work continues …

16 SDF-Trained Canine Disaster Search Teams Deploy to Florida in Preparation for Hurricane Irma

On the tail of Hurricane Harvey, one of the most devastating storms in our country’s recorded history, comes Hurricane Irma. News reports state that should Irma continue on her current path as expected, this will be the fourth Category 5 hurricane to hit US soil. Irma has hit the Dominican …

15 SDF-Trained Search Teams Deployed to Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

AUGUST 31, 2017 – 10 PM LOCAL TIME With meteorologists calling Harvey the worst natural disaster in American history, an additional SDF-trained Canine Disaster Search Team was added to the national roster of those responding to this storm. Search Team Wade Haller & Rex, with California Task Force 5 (based …