We realize the magnitude of the tragedy that has occurred and value the unconditional commitment that the NDSDF
offers in helping all those affected.
As one NDSDF
handler commented, "These Task Forces will be charged with searching every house for live people stranded, but weak or possibly unconscious in their attics.
Of the activated FEMA teams, NDSDF
has trained 26 canines -- providing them at no cost to fire departments and other emergency service agencies throughout the country.
Two search and rescue teams -- Su Vodrazka, and her dog Hero, and Russell Tao and his dog, Andy, accepted the grant on behalf of the NDSDF.
By providing highly skilled search and rescue teams throughout the country, when disaster strikes in a community, NDSDF teams are ready to save lives," said Rooney.
The NDSDF is the only organization in the United States that consistently provides advanced certified teams at no cost to fire departments and other emergency service agencies.
In December, NDSDF canine search teams were put on alert by federal authorities in response to the tsunami in Southeast Asia.
The highest priority for any community after a catastrophic event is finding and rescuing people, which is what the NDSDF does," said Rooney.
With AT&T's support, we have been able to increase the number of search dog teams serving nationwide," said Wilma Melville, founder and director of the NDSDF.
The NDSDF focuses on finding and rescuing people - which is the absolute highest priority for any community after a catastrophic event," said Larry Newman, AT&T regional sales vice president, based in Minneapolis.
Two search and rescue teams -- Scott Racow, NDSDF handler, with partner Heidi; and Deresa Teller, NDSDF handler with partner Ranger -- accepted the grant.
AT&T's support helps bolster the number of search dog teams serving nationwide," said Wilma Melville, founder and director of NDSDF.