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  • National FEMA Canine Certification Trials

    Posted on May 20th, 2010 MA-TF 1 No comments

    On May 15 and 16, 2010, MA-TF 1 hosted a National FEMA Canine Certification Trial. Approximately 27 rescue dogs and their handlers from around the country were tested for certification in Urban Search & Rescue.

    The evaluation also marked the grand opening of the Aggregate Industries Dog Testing Center.

    Aggregate Industries Northeast (AINE) is a crushed stone, asphalt and concrete manufacturer that has created a facility for MA-TF1 with specially designed rubble piles for search dog training and certification. To help maximize testing, AINE has built rubble piles for the US&R dogs with specially engineered void spaces throughout the piles for hiding “victims.”

    During the evaluation, the canines must be able to quickly locate live human victims hidden below the rubble, without being distracted by heavy machinery and other rescue workers.