Canine search and rescue team receives grant from the Washington State Animal Health Foundation
One of the first canine search and rescue teams to respond to the Oso mudslide, March 22, 2014, the Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue (SCVSAR) K9 Team received an $1,100 grant from the Washington State Animal Health Foundation during 2015.
The SCVSAR K9 Team was among the first canine units to help after the Oso landslide. For many days the team worked alongside other first responders and canine units from other counties and states to help with search and rescue efforts.
Dogs and their handlers were deployed via Marshmaster land/water vehicles and boats, as well as assisting with land searches through heavy machinery. The team became an integral part of the search and rescue mission.
For the past 10 years, SCVSAR K9 Team has trained for the most common types of searches using dogs trained in wilderness (off trail), airscent and trailing (generally urban) searches.
The Snohomish County Search and Rescue K9 Unit includes approximately 40 volunteers; 8 certified wilderness airscent dog teams, 2 nationally certified human remains detection dog teams, and 4 trailing teams. There are currently 14 dog teams in training. The all volunteer organization is ready to respond to search and rescue missions and disaster emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The dogs, handlers and support personal are often asked to work in remote areas, sometimes dropped off by helicopter several days hike from the nearest road.
The grant from the Washington State Animal Health Foundation was used to purchase 8 specialty canine first aid kits, 4 canine transport litters and canine bandaging material allowing the team to be well prepared for future emergencies.
The Washington State Animal Health Foundation (WSAHF) is a charitable organization associated with the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association. Its goal is to foster animal health and welfare by promoting cooperation between veterinarians and the community in outreach, education and emergency/disaster preparedness.
To learn more about the WSAHF, to make a donation or to submit a grant visit the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association website.