K9 Oso and Heather take to the sky!
Thanks to the King County Sheriff Office Air Support Unit, KCSD recently had it’s 2018 helicopter training at Banderra airfield east of North Bend WA. All the dogs had a chance to practice loading into the helicopter with and without the engines running. The handlers and dogs then put on their harnesses and were hoisted up into Guardian 2 as it hovered 120 feet in the air. While it is a fun ride, it is serious business and on those occasions when helicopter transport is required KCSD dogs and handlers are ready to respond.
There are more photos and video in the web gallery.
Today is the Seattle Foundation’s “Give Big” day of supporting the great work done by our area’s non-profit organizations. Please consider King County Search Dogs when you make your donation. https://www.givebigseattle.org/kcsearchdogs
We depend on the community we serve!
Something to really brag about: Joan Hitchner, one of the longest serving Members of King County Search Dogs, was selected as the Volunteer of the year by the King County Sheriff. Over 300 missions thus far in her 16 year career. We are very proud!
Ed Christian, the distinguished gentleman on the right of the photo, is the King County Search and Rescue Coordinator and was recognized as King County Deputy of the year at the same ceremony. Wonderful tribute for King County SAR!
K9 Zula and her handler Jen have passed their trailing test and are now qualified for search missions in King County. This great team has been training with King County Search Dogs for 2 1/2 years and is looking forward to helping find missing persons.
King County Search Dogs is holding information sessions for new applicants on Wednesday March 14th and Wednesday March 28th from 7-8PM at the Mercer island Fire Station; 3030 78th Ave SE, Mercer Island. Come meet some of the Members of KCSD and learn more about the application process and training to be a search dogs handler or support specialist.