COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is conducting a Disaster Canine Workshop on Sunday, Feb. 13, at Disaster City for urban search and rescue canine handlers.
Handlers attending the course will learn canine first aid, confined space awareness and training techniques for disaster dogs. Classes will be taught by both veterinarians and Texas Task Force 1 members.
This course is a series of workshops TEEX conducts three times each year for canine search and rescue teams, which are generally the first to respond to a disaster incident. The workshops are designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to work as a first responder canine handler.
Texas Task Force 1 is the state’s first and only urban search and rescue team and is administered by TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System. It is one of 28 urban search and rescue teams under the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.
The Task Force has responded to such events as the Sept. 11 World Trade Center terrorist attack, the space shuttle Columbia disaster and last summer’s Hurricane Ivan.
TEEX offers hands-on, customized training, exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond.