Grand Mesa was the situation of a search canine coaching day final Saturday.
Western Slope Search Canine hosted the occasion with Search and Rescue K9 groups from throughout the Western Slope, in a joint coaching session held off Land’s Finish Street.
Canine and their handlers labored by a wide range of eventualities.
A few of these included working a scene with a “crashed” ATV with a misplaced and disoriented driver; a number of individuals misplaced on the identical time; familiarization with ATVs, UTVs and different transport strategies; working with drone distractions, and lots of different search conditions.
Coaching was supplied within the search disciplines of Air Scent, Monitoring/Trailing, and human stays detection.
Eleven handlers labored with 17 K9s, together with members of Garfield County SAR and Search and Rescue Canine of the U.S., with contributors coming from Vail, Paonia, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Whitewater and Grand Junction.
Western Slope Search Canine is a nonprofit company that gives educated search canines to Mesa County Search and Rescue Management.
The all-volunteer Ok-9 Workforce inside SARC assists with search and rescue, proof searches, and different duties as requested. Western Slope Search Canine additionally gives search canine assets to different Western Slope Counties and different organizations that request them.
The devoted volunteers are on name 24 hours a day, seven days per week and have to be prepared to reply to a name for help at a second’s discover.