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GALLERY: FEMA Canine Training at Disaster City

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Photo by Photo by Megan Cusick

Urban Search and Rescue task forces were also present at the training weekend.

The 15th annual FEMA Canine Search Specialist Training Weekend was at Disaster City in College Station. Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and Texas A&M Task Force 1 hosted the Workshop. 36 Canine teams from across the country took part in the exercises.

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  • All the canines must be certified by FEMA before deployment.

    Photo by Photo by Megan Cusick
  • Disaster City hosts emergency responders for training throughout the year. There are several collapsed buildings and rubble piles around the lots.

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  • A canine from TX TF2 begins his search through a rubble pile.

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  • A handler from TX TF2 prepares his dog for the next search.

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  • A US&R canine finds someone under a collapsed home in this exercise.

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  • Another trained canine locates a well hidden volunteer on one of the many disaster sites.

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  • Batman looks to her handler once she identified a person in the rubble.

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  • Leon barks as his handler communicates to the team what she expects from him on the next run.

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  • A canine stands by his handler on of the larger disaster sites.

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  • Scout from TX TF2 locates someone inside a small confined space among all the wreckage.

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  • Pilot, from South Florida’s Urban Search and Rescue team, also locates someone and notifies his handler in the large debris pile.

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  • Leon and handler Anthea Groves are from Washington TF1.

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  •  Jake Gotta and his chocolate lab Spry are part of the Texas A&M Task Force 1.

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  • Barb Clark and Raffey are from Utah Task Force 1. 

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  • Susan Fife and her Dutch Shepard Batman are visiting from Indiana TF1. 

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  • 36 canine teams gathered in College Station at the world-class facility to take advantage in training their dogs to be FEMA certified.

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  • Rhywnn Gaffney and Astro travel between courses, headed to the large rubble pile.

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  • A trainer celebrates with his dog after finding someone deep in a confined space. These two are from South Florida US&R TF2.

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  • A TX TF2 canine, Scout, is released from his handler and begins a search in an expanse field.

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  • Scout jumps while barking to signify he found something.

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  • Taser from Texas TF1 begins his search once released from handler Denise Corliss who was present at the World Trade Center on 9/11 with her former canine Bretagne for their first deployment together.

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  • A California TF1 handler guides his dog off the course using the canine’s favorite toy.

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  • Taser finishes the agility course by going down a slide.

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  • Pilot climbs a ladder on the agility course as the exercises conclude.

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  • The dogs had fun on an agility course at the end of their training sessions.

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  • Taser obediently waited on top of the agility course for his handler’s next command.

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