Bobcat Aids Search Dog Foundation With Equipment For Course Creation

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Search Dog Foundation Facilities Manager Jim Wiggins with a Bobcat CTL and excavator.

Bobcat equipment will be given to rescue and search dogs. Bobcat Company announced a partnership with the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps to strengthen disaster response in America. The SDF is dedicated to training highly skilled handlers and canines. Through this partnership, Bobcat construction equipment will be used to create and maintain realistic onsite training environments at the 125-acre National Training Center, which is designed to simulate conditions in various types of natural and manmade disasters. A Bobcat T750 compact track loader, Bobcat E35 excavator, and a variety of Bobcat attachments will be used for brush clearing, trenching, road maintenance, moving rubble to create new training courses and learning opportunities, and to modify existing courses for the dogs and their handlers.

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Search dog Kendri trains on a pallet pile.

Founded in 1996, SDF has trained 180 certified first responder and canine teams that have deployed to 216 disasters and missing person searches. SDF’s National Training Center, Santa Paula, CA is highlighted in the partnership. This training center trains shelter dogs to become rescue dogs by using simulated rubble piles. Dogs will need to learn how to navigate tunnels and climb ladders. They also need to be able detect the scent of humans beneath the debris.

Over the past 25 years, SDF and its dogs and handlers have worked to save lives in hundreds of disasters, such as: Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, and Irma; the Oklahoma City bombing; California mudslides; the World Trade Center attacks; and earthquakes in Nepal, Haiti, and Japan.

This important partnership with Bobcat allows us to train next generation search teams by creating realistic environments and more difficult training scenarios at our campus,” stated Denise Sanders, Senior Director of Communications and Handler Operation for SDF. “Bobcat’s support helps our teams reach highest skill levels required for certification and maintain deployment readiness We are excited to partner and support their mission of providing search and rescue training for dogs, their handlers and their handlers,” stated Laura Ness Owens (Vice President Marketing, Communication, and Public Affairs at Doosan Bobcat North America). “The Search Dog Foundation supports lifesaving work that really matters to us all. Bobcat is proud to support these brave first responders who show courage, determination, and toughness
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