K-9 search and rescue team practices for potential deployment to Oklahoma

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Posted on May 22, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 22 at 7:31 AM

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NEW ORLEANS, La. - In light of the disaster in Oklahoma, the Louisiana Task Force is on standby to find out if members will deployed to help find missing victims.

The K-9 section of the urban search and rescue team may be sent to the devastation, according to the LTF leader.

On Wednesday morning, the dogs were practicing using a New Orleans East rubble pile, which is similar to what they would face at the disaster site in Oklahoma.

The team responds to everything from hurricanes to explosions to fires.

Locally, the LTF has taken part in search and rescue efforts for Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Isaac.

Part of the task force also took part in the search for missing teacher Terrilynn Monette.

In the past, the team has been deployed to help in other disasters across the nation.

The task force is training Saturday and the public is invited to watch. Multiple search and rescue agencies from Louisiana, Texas, Georgia and Florida will be involved. The training event begins at 8 a.m.

 

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