WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – K9 search and rescue efforts don’t happen everyday in Kansas but it’s a type of situation, that requires extensive training.
Since Thursday law enforcement and K9 handlers from across the country have been working on these skills, to be ready for any call for help.
This is possible through Wichita Police partnering with Global Safety K9 Operations. Not only can these dogs trace peoples’ scents in no time, they can grab a scent off a piece of clothing and even, a foot print.
Christi Raak and her bloodhound traveled from Kansas City to Wichita to have a new experience in search and rescue.
She and her dog were able to track a scent Saturday, in no time. She says her volunteer work through Missouri Search and Rescue K9 is their way, of giving back.
“It’s not always the end result that we want for the family, but we are able to bring that closure to them,” said Christi Raak, Missouri Search and Rescue K9.
Search and rescue dogs train with their handlers for months in different environments and with various scents and sounds. Cameron Abbey made the trip from Minnesota with his dog Bear to learn new techniques and be prepared for a call.
“Always ready to go, as we are now, and I’ll do this until I can’t do it anymore,” said Cameron Abbey, Minnesota.
Volunteer search and rescue handlers as well as officers participated in the training.
Officer Joe Camp says the experience and these teams are valuable, and this type of rescue was used to search for Lucas Hernandez.
“They were used for Lucas Hernandez, we brought in civilians, Blue was used, the other police K9s were used,” said Officer Joe Camp, Wichita Police.
Teams will continue to work on scent discrimination and human remains detection until they wrap up Monday. They hope it also helps the partnership between law enforcement and the community.
“The ability to see so many dog teams out working together for a common theme, helping people,” said Camp.
30 teams are part of this weekends training and it is an event they would like to do again in the future.