Teams deployed to Waco, Texas

Two SDF Search Teams from Texas Task Force 2 deployed in aftermath of massive explosion in Waco

Early this morning, Mike Hargrove and Hayden searched the ground floor of a severely damaged apartment building while Keri Grant and Tucker cleared over two dozen homes. Mike and Hayden searched several houses as well. Neither dog alerted but they remained vigilant and focused during the search period. - Jeff Culver, Task Force 2 Canine Coordinator

The teams received the call Wednesday night from their Task Force and were deployed around 11:00pm local time. Their job: to search buildings destroyed or damaged by the explosion and find people trapped in the wreckage. Right now the teams are taking refuge from a severe weather front passing through the region.

SDF has four Search Teams based in Dallas. Two new Texas teams are being formed this year—the handlers will be arriving next week at the new National Training Center site in California  to work with veteran Search Dogs. They will be partnered with their own Search Dogs this summer.

Our hearts go out to the people of Waco, and we wish the teams well in the search.