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09-16-2014 09:41 PM
jocoyn We did turn down an invite for Katrina and glad we did. We felt ill prepared for massive floodwater search. The two dogs we know who did go were dead of cancer within the year. Actually floodwater and cancer seem to go together. I know several who have died that way. I carry dawn in my truck for decon. Need to get a portable shower.

LOL yeah. the gator as in the 4WD mini truck but we have to deal with gators as in alligators in the low country
09-16-2014 09:26 PM
Darth_Ariel Huh. I guess I just always figured most teams were pretty much the same. That's pretty interesting though! It also took me a few minutes to figure out what you meant with gators.

I think we do wilderness for a few counties, disaster anywhere in the state and offer for larger ones (9/11 and Katrina I know the team did), urban search, ropes, and water.
09-13-2014 09:57 PM
jocoyn It depends on what the teams do. We are local wilderness and, no, we don't do ropes other than some low angle stuff and I have only known of one search that we were involved in where that would have been remotely a chance.

In that search the dogs started pulling towards a straight drop-off, a helo was dispatched to scan the area based on feedback from the dog handlers, she was seen on a ledge and the high angle folks got to her. There was no need to rappel the dogs down.

We do stuff we are more likely to have to do like ride off trail in gators with several handlers and dogs at the same time, The HR dogs must be able to balance on any kind of boat. etc., crossing creeks,
09-13-2014 02:52 PM
Darth_Ariel Maybe being part of the FEMA on a national or state level is what contributes to that?

Do other teams not do ropes? I'd thought for sure they would. Though I know we rarely ever do it from what the old timers said.
09-12-2014 04:49 PM
gsdsar The team I did ropes and helicopter training with is a FEMA team.

But I know the helicopter guys have done similar training with local wilderness teams.
09-12-2014 02:32 PM
Darth_Ariel gsdsar sounds way more exciting than mine with ziplines and lowered into buildings! I think we've implemented some of the newer things (helicopter being the main one) because we're either accepted to PEMA or are in the process of.

I'd actually love to see other teams just to know the difference between ours and others.
09-12-2014 09:48 AM
wyoung2153 I'm curious what kinds of teams you are on actually? I apparently am not associated with the right ones, lol. JK. I loved my team I worked with but it just didn't seem to have so many of these options. It was strict nose work. Air scent, cadaver and tracking in the woods and sometimes in a building area.
09-11-2014 08:33 PM
Darth_Ariel That sounds long as I don't have to do it! I'm such a chicken with trusting someone won't drop me, even though we have the team pros on the ropes. I'm convinced someone is going to drop me or ask me to go easy for the holiday season!

One of our dogs did a happy dance when we let her down. Though we're not sure if it was because she enjoyed being up there or was happy to be on the ground again.

I believe either them or Lifeflight is coming to work with us soon. We wanted to get them used to the elevation and sound first before we brought out the real thing. I don't know what they're planning for the sound and wind, but they had a look in their eye that suggests it's going to be interesting.
09-11-2014 08:11 PM
Originally Posted by Darth_Ariel View Post
That sounds so much fun! I'd probably be more afraid than he is, though it not being held by people would be a little more reassuring. Did you get the glare or did your dog enjoy it?

I don't know that enjoy is the right word. But she tolerated it. LOL. We did have people manning the ropes. One scenario the rest of team slowly lowered us through an open stairway and down 6 floors. That was great!!! But I used to climb, so was pretty comfy trusting professional ropes people to handle belaying.

You should talk to your group about setting up helicopter training. Our state police just did a whole training day with us. We did not get to actually fly, but we did loading and unloading while the rotors were going. That was super interesting. Watching the dogs learn to deal with the down wash of the rotors, some did great. Some flipped out. My dog freaked, until I pulled out her tug. Then we tugged inside the wash for a bit. Worked great!!! Most State police will do this for certified agencies. Just have to ask.
09-11-2014 07:12 PM
Darth_Ariel That sounds so much fun! I'd probably be more afraid than he is, though it not being held by people would be a little more reassuring. Did you get the glare or did your dog enjoy it?
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