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Review for National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, Inc., Santa Paula, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As the Program Manager for Texas Task Force 2 - Urban Search and Rescue, I am very pleased to share the incredible work that the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation does. One of the more difficult positions to fill on a US&R Task Force is that of the canine search specialist. It is difficult to find people that have the skills to train their own dogs to find live victims in collapsed structures. The testing for this skill set is extremely difficult because so much relies on the canine to do their job right every single time. While finding people willing to be handlers is difficult, it is even more difficult to train the ones that are willing. The NDSDF exists to provide trained canines with the unimpeachable skill set to find live victims in collapsed structures. There is so much work that goes into this training. These dogs are extremely valuable to the Task Forces that are fortunate enough to have them, but these dogs are even more valuable to the victims whose lives depend on that dog finding them. The work of the NDSDF does not stop there. They train the handlers that will be working with their dogs. They continue to provide on going training for the service life of that dog. It is my experience that the dogs provided by the NDSDF are the finest in the US&R system. I could not be more pleased or more fortunate that Texas Task Force 2 is the recipient of a number of dogs supplied by the NDSDF. Everyone I have worked with in the organization are professionals in every sense of the word. The NDSDF is the finest example of what a non-profit organization should be.

Steve Coffman, Program Manager
Texas Task Force 2

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