Santa Barbara
80° F
Santa Maria
78° F
San Luis Obispo
77° F
75° F

Local Seach Dogs Deployed in Oklahoma

By Sara Bush
Published On: May 21 2013 12:46:56 AM CDT
Updated On: May 21 2013 12:29:15 PM CDT

Dogs trained by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation help in tornado ravaged Oklahoma

OJAI, Calif. -

A group of highly trained search dogs are helping rescue crews in Oklahoma.  Many of the canine teams were trained in Ojai. 

Rescue crews searching for survivors know every second counts.

Teams from the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation can make the difference between life and death.

"When you've got something like the tornadoes going on now, you can imagine going through homes and there's clothes buried, and food, and you can't afford to waste the rescuers time digging through the debris," explained N.D.S.D.F. Executive Director Debra Tosch.

The dogs undergo intense training.  They learn how to alert first responders when they sense someone buried in the wreckage, and ignore other distractions along the way.

"It's just as important to say no one is here, as to say someone is here, because when time is of the essence, you have to make every resource as efficient as you can," said Tosch.

Most of these elite canines come from California shelters.

"The same traits that make them great search dogs, are how they end up at the shelter.  High energy, obsessed with toys. A lot of families can't handle that energy," explained Tosch.

Handlers with the N.D.S.D.F. are able to focus that energy.

After 8 months of training, these highly skilled dogs are placed with a firefighter or other first responder.  They spend another year becoming a team.

When they are ready, they are assigned to a task force.

The foundation is currently building a new facility in Santa Paula to help keep up with the demand.

When its complete, handlers will be able to house and train about forty dogs at a time.   

That's about four times the number they are able to work with right now.  There are currently 72 teams from the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation placed across the country.





The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus
  • Body of Isaiah Sanchez Recovered at Cachuma Lake

    Santa Barbara County sheriff rescue crews have found a body near the place where Isaiah Sanchez went missing.

  • Ellwood Fire

    Explosion at Goleta Apartment Complex Leaves One Man Hospitalized

    Santa Barbara County Fire crews responded to an explosion and fire at an apartment complex on 447 Ellwood Drive in Goleta.   Fire officials received the call at around 7:00 p.m. One person was injured and taken to the hospital with severe burns.  The apartment manager helped put out a small fire that broke out after the blast. The explosion and fire are still under investigation.  The fire did not spread to any adjoining apartments.

  • Santa Paula Reserve Police Officer Resigns After Posting Video About Bicyclists

    Volunteer posted a YouTube video joking about running over bicyclists.

  • Juvenile Hall Court to Host Gang-related Murder Trial

    The so-called "U-Haul murder trial" is expected to be another high security, gang-related trial that requires extra time and money to make it work at the Santa Barbara County Juvenile Hall courtroom which is seen as the most practical venue.

  • dangerous dogs

    Orcutt Family Starts Petition to Change County Ordinance

    An Orcutt family is fighting to keep their dogs from being euthanized, and is now trying to change a county ordinance on aggressive dogs. The family has an online petition spreading their message on the internet in an effort to get the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisor's attention.

    Peggy Henning remembers the day her family welcomed Daisy and Duke into their family like it was yesterday.

    "They immediately just became part of the family," said Henning. "They were very friendly with all the guests we had coming over."

    But things changed when Daisy and Duke got loose. They liked chasing cats.

    "Dogs are pack animals and that is their default instinct," said Henning. "If they are bonded or litter mates, it intensifies that. They would get out of the confines of our house or yard and this instinct would come to the surface."

  • inspection_report_public_health_notice

    Health Inspectors Look Into Restaurant Bug

    Old Town Mexican Café in Old Orcutt has never failed an inspection in the past according to the Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services Department. On satruday several diners spotted bugs at the restaurant

  • What You Need to Know Before Accepting an Ice Challenge

    It's a challenge that has gone viral. It's known as "The Cold Water Challenge," but could this latest trend be harmful to your health?

  • New Family Friendly Tasting Room Opens in Solvang

     A new winery in Solvang recently opened their doors, and they are making their tasting room open to everyone.

  • Slideshow: Rescue Crews Find Body In Cachuma Lake

    Santa Barbara County sheriff rescue crews have found a body near the place where Isaiah Sanchez went missing.

  • Slideshow: Blondes VS Brunettes Charity Football Game

    A charity football game at the Polo fields in Carpinteria pits the Blondes vs Brunettes. The all-women football teams duked it out on Saturday to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association. Both teams fought fiercely but in the end, only one came out the victor.

    Photography by Oscar Flores.