6 SDF Search Teams Achieve FEMA Certification!

Congratulations to the Canine Disaster Search Teams who recently achieved FEMA Certification in Tennessee and California!

On October 27-28, five SDF-trained Search Teams achieved FEMA Certification for the very first time in their careers, while one team Re-certified for the final time. Veteran Search Team Damon Wirth & George (Nebraska Task Force 1) traveled to Tennessee for their Re-certification, which keeps them deployable with their task force. Nebraska Task Force 1 has deployed numerous times in the last few months alone with several hurricanes battering the East Coast of the United States.

Over the same weekend, five of our Search Teams achieved Certification for the first time in Riverside, CA, placing them on the deployment roster for their respective task forces. This is a major milestone in every team's career and we are so proud of them for working to get to this point.

The full line-up of Search Teams that Certified in October 2018 are:


  1. Vinnie Fuccella & Hank (CA-TF7, Sacramento)
  2. Aide Barbat & Delta (CA-TF8, San Diego)
  3. Clint Schepe & Georgia (CA-TF8, San Diego)
  4. Billy Walkenhorst & Victor (CA-TF8, San Diego)
  5. Joe Zakar & Dora (CA-TF8, San Diego)


  1. Damon Wirth & George (NE-TF1, Lincoln)

Congratulations again to all our teams and thank you to everyone who helped support them thus far on their journeys!